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Wednesday, Oct 23 2013 05:31 PM

Local child porn suspect added to crime-fighting app

By The Bakersfield Californian

A Kern County man indicted three months ago on federal child pornography charges is the newest addition to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's new smartphone app that seeks the public's help finding fugitive and unknown child predator suspects.

ICE said Wednesday that Michael David Wilson, 30, was indicted July 25 on suspicion of receiving and distributing child pornography and a warrant was issued for his arrest. The former office worker is accused of receiving and distributing child porn over the Internet from roughly Sept. 3, 2012, to about April 25 of this year.

Wilson lived in Delano at the time, ICE said. It said just before Wilson was charged, he left the country then returned, telling border protection officials he was headed to the Sacramento area to live with relatives.

Homeland Security investigators haven't been able to find Wilson, who still may be in Northern California, ICE said.

"Today we're asking for the public's help to locate a person who allegedly preyed on vulnerable children," said the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of California, Benjamin B. Wagner, in a news release.

A photo of Wilson and information about him have been posted on ICE's Operation Predator app, downloaded more than 80,000 times since it went live in mid-September, ICE said.

People can download the app and, among other things, report anonymously through it, by phone or online, all hours of the day and every day, ICE said.

Homeland Security asks that anyone with information about Wilson or other fugitives profiled on the app contact the agency in one of two ways:

* Call the ICE tip line at 866-347-2423 from the U.S. and Canada or 802-872-6199 from anywhere else.

* Complete a form at www.ice.gov/tips.

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