PORTLAND, Ore. — An Oregon couple were arrested and their two children were rescued after a nationwide search for a "Jane Doe" suspected of child pornography, federal and state officials said Wednesday.
The couple surrendered to Salem police after learning that an acquaintance had identified the wife in "Jane Doe" photos provided to the media by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and shared by the public on social media sites, officials said.
The couple made their initial appearance in federal court Wednesday afternoon on federal child exploitation charges, officials said. NBC News is not naming them to avoid identifying the children.
According to a federal criminal complaint, the couple are accused of producing videos featuring them engaging in sexual contact with two victims who are both under the age of 10 and trading the material for other child pornography.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations
A photo released by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in seeking the public's help to identify a suspected child pornography producer.
ICE issued the public appeal on Aug. 8.
"When leads turned cold in this case, HSI special agents asked for the public's help," ICE Director John Morton said in a statement. "Thanks to that help, two child victims have been rescued and their accused abusers are in custody. Children have the right to be safe from predators. There is no higher work and we will continue to investigate these crimes with our law enforcement partners."
The images of the child victims were first discovered by HSI Los Angeles in June 2011 during a computer forensics examination of material in a separate child pornography probe, ICE officials said. The material was submitted to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children's Child Victim Identification Program, they said. The center determined that the child victims had not been identified.
In June, FBI special agents in Denver were conducting an unrelated investigation and found more photos showing the same victims with the woman who was arrested. The center has cataloged more than 200 unique images and two videos depicting the victims.
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