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Pornographic video involving child surfaces on Facebook

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A pornographic video involving a child that surfaced on Facebook pages of Tampa Bay users is under investigation by the FBI, which has been trying to track down the person responsible for years.

The video, which appears to show an adult male molesting a very young girl, showed up on Facebook pages and a screen shot appeared on Twitter.

The images were circulating among Hillsborough county teenagers on the social media sites, said Lisa Newman, whose 16-year-old son alerted her to the issue.

"How in the world did this get on Facebook to where my 16-year-old son could access it?" Newman said.  Newman said she immediately notified local law enforcement.

But it appears federal investigators have been looking into this video for years.  The FBI first came across it in 2005 and opened a case, said FBI Special Agent Dave Couvertier.

"The only thing is we don't know who he is, we don't know who this victim child is, this little toddler here, and we don't know where he's located," Couvertier said.

The FBI refers to the male in the video as "John Doe 8" and has detail photos of his hair, hand and arm on its Website. The photos show a distinctive ring on one hand and a dark, circular mark on the right forearm.

With new attention to the video, agents are hoping someone will recognize him and send in a tip that will help to track him down.

Couvertier warned, though, about passing the video along to others by forwarding or "sharing" it.  "Unfortunately what they're doing is now they're in possession of child pornography," he said. "As soon as they actually forward that link or that video, what they're doing is actually distributing child porn," he said.

Couvertier said those who come in contact with videos like this should not open it and delete it or, if you have opened it, contact law enforcement.

Facebook removed the video from its site, the company said.

Click HERE to link to the official FBI Wanted page regarding this case.

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