At a news conference in downtown Los Angeles, U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte Jr. distributed images of the man and the woman who appear in the "Jen Series" of photos recovered among the collections of about 275 child pornography suspects nationwide.
"Special agents... are now armed with these federal arrest warrants, but they need the public's help in identifying the perpetrators that are responsible for molesting the victim, and for the continuing victimization of this young girl, whose image is now being traded by those vile human beings who collect child pornography," Birotte said.
The "Jen Series" consists of about 40 photos believed taken around 2001 at an apartment in the San Fernando Valley, possibly Encino.
The images show an unidentified girl, then between 11 and 14 years old, being abused by a Caucasian man in his 40s or 50s, and a Caucasian woman, about 35-45 years old.
A digitally-applied black dot covers most of the man's face, but he appears to have brown or gray straight hair, and graying facial hair. He had a distinctive pair of moles about an inch apart, one on top of the other, on the center of his chest.
Unlike her fellow suspect, the woman's face is clearly visible. She has sandy blond straight hair, a left eyebrow piercing and several tattoos, including a black butterfly on her right hip, a curled up cat on her right shoulder, writing on her left wrist, and an unknown design above her left breast.
The "wanted poster" can be seen on www.ice.gov, and at http://www.dvidshub.net/image/809157/operation-sunflower#.UOXqlInjlcA.
Claude Arnold, the U.
"We've exhausted every investigative method we can, we have followed up on every lead, and at this point, we can't identify them," he said.
"We know that child sexual predators often have multiple victims and their activities may continue for many years," he added. "We're here today, sharing these photos with you, because we want to do everything we can to identify these two suspects and prevent the possible sexual exploitation of additional children.
Among the indicators of when and where the abuse happened are a wall calendar displaying May 2001 handed out by a Encino-based Jewish religious supply store, Mitzvahland, to its customers; literature from English First International Schools, which has a campus at Cal State Northridge; a cable box from Time Warner Roadrunner Service, which served Encino; and a Yellow Pages phonebook for the west San Fernando Valley.
Nick Brock, a supervisor with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, noted the fate of the unidentified girl in the photos is unknown. If she is still alive, she would now be in her early 20s.
"So many of these children have yet to be identified," he said.
"They are relying on all of us."
Anyone with information to assist in the investigation is urged to call 1-866-DHS-2ICE, or 1-800-THE-LOST, or visit www.ice.gov/exec/forms/hsi-tips.asp