FBI Uses Highway Billboards to Identify Sex Offenders

On Monday, September 14, the FBI launched a new initiative to identify sex offenders by posting their photographs on digital billboards across the country. The FBI received free space on the billboards, which feature unknown sex offenders. One of the first billboards to display the information was along Route 146 in Providence, Rhode Island.

Boston FBI Media Coordinator Special Agent Gail Marcinkiewicz stated, “Through this program, the FBI has taken a very aggressive approach to identify unknown individuals involved in sexual abuse of children. We are looking for the public’s help in identifying these individuals.”

The digital wanted sign near the Branch Avenue Exit on Route 146 is for John Doe number 8. He is described as a white male, 180-200 pounds. He was indicted in 2006 for knowingly distributing child pornography.

Anyone with information about John Doe number 8, or any of the sex offenders, is asked to contact the Boston FBI at (617) 742-5533.

For more information, please visit http://www.fbi.gov

**Angie M. Tarighi is the CEO & Founder of Women’s Self-Defense Institute providing self defense training, education awareness & personal protection products empowering women to fight back against crime.