- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 9, 2012

In an unusual move, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents are distributing photos and asking for the public’s help in identifying a woman the agency says was involved in child pornography with at least two young girls.

While executing a search warrant in Los Angeles, ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations unit discovered videos that agents said showed a white woman having “sexual contact” and an unidentified man having oral sex with two children — one investigators said was likely 3 to 5 years of age, and the other between 5 and 7 years when one of the videos was made in 2010.

HSI released a handful of photos of the woman, including one of a large mole on the back of the woman’s left thigh. The investigators said she is between 25 and 35, and has dark brown hair and blue eyes.

The man depicted in videos had his face blurred out, investigators said in an arrest warrant obtained for the woman, labeled Jane Doe in the document. The warrant contains graphic and disturbing descriptions of the sex acts observed on the videos.

The warrant says the home where the videos were taken was somewhere in the U.S., and said Army-issue duffel bags and desert boots were visible in the background, as was a book on a nightstand, titled “Animal Tracking Basics.”

Turning to the public for help is standard for many local police agencies, but is a relatively new technique for HSI and its child exploitation unit. The agency said it’s releasing photos to try to rescue the two children.

Earlier this year HSI agents arrested a man wanted for sex crimes against children after he was identified from a similar plea and photo release. That man, Timothy Valdez, 36, of Modesto, Calif., was arrested after a television viewer in Washington, D.C., saw him on a local newscast.

In that case Danish officials had come across child pornography on the Internet which they suspected was made in the U.S., and referred the case to American authorities.

In June, HSI did another photo release, asking the public to try to identify a teen agents said was in a “dangerous situation” from a blurry photo taken from an online video.

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