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Pretzel Bag Holds Clue to Whereabouts of Child Porn Producer

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Investigators are looking to identify a man who was seen sexually abusing a young girl in four short videos. They know that the man is in the United States because they spotted a bag of pretzels which are only sold in the country.

The young girl in the videos is likely between the ages of seven and nine years old. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement released five photos of the man. The videos were so graphic that the images had to be "sanitized" for public release.

Because the videos were filmed in April, and appeared on the Internet May 2, police believe the the man is still abusing the girl. The videos were originally discovered by Danish police who suspected it was from America, so contacted U.S. authorities.

They are identifying the man as "John Doe," and have issued a warrant for his arrest on Friday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

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At first, officers had trouble determining if the videos were filmed in Canada or America. 

The bag of Frito-Lay Rold Gold pretzels was the tell-tale sign that the film was made in America, because the pretzel bags look different in Canada.

They also uncovered a few other clues about the man from the surroundings in the video. There are guitars, speakers, a keyboard, electronic equipment, a musician stand and a stool in the room where the girl was abused. This indicates the man is likely involved in music.

Neil O'Callaghan, ICE Special Agent, said that the public needs to help identify the man. He is between 45 and 55 years old with a heavy-set build. He is balding and has light brown hair and a brown mustache. 

Brian Korzak, a special agent at ICE's Cyber Crimes Center, said, "We're not sure what the relationship (between the man and the girl) is because unfortunately there is no audio. So we couldn't tell any interaction between the two."

"But, having access to the child, so to speak, on April 14, and then having access again on April 27, obviously there's some sort of ongoing relationship or personal knowledge between the suspect and the victim."

"Without the public's help, we may not be able (to find the man) and more importantly stop the ongoing abuse of this victim."

Patrick Redding, another special agent, said, "Since the videos were created so recently, we feel there's a child in danger right now."

"And so we're looking to your help to get the word out about this particular investigation so hopefully we can catch this child sexual predator, take him off the streets and save this child from more harm."

They are asking anyone with information call the ICE at 1-866-347-2423 from the U.S. or Canada and 1-802-872-6199 from any other country.

Sources: Daily Mail, KTLA