Interpol released four reconstructed photos of the suspected pedophile on Monday in an unprecedented public appeal for help, hoping that someone will recognize the man whose identity and nationality remain a mystery. The response has been encouraging: about 200 messages in just over 12 hours, Interpol said. Interpol said 12 boys, apparently ranging in age from 6 to early teens, appeared in about 200 photographs posted on the Internet. But the face of the man inflicting the abuse was disguised in a digital whirl. Using techniques that neither they nor Interpol would discuss, German police produced identifiable images of the man from the original pictures. The reconstructed photos showed a white man who looked to be in his 30s, with uncombed short brown hair. Interpol posted the images on its Web site. Anders Persson, a Swedish police officer assigned to Interpol’s human trafficking unit who oversees its database of images of child abuse, said releasing the photos sent “a quite clear message” to criminals that they can be identified through Web postings. Some of the responses included detailed information such as names and addresses, he said. Interpol forwards detailed information to the countries concerned so police can check, Persson said. Local police are also getting responses to the appeal, he added. Persson said he had opposed making the photos public because it demonstrated to criminals that police can unscramble pictures. But that consideration and the risk that the man could face public humiliation or even violence now that he is recognizable were outweighed by the desire to protect other children from abuse. “It was a long discussion,” Persson said. “We can’t just sit here and do nothing. We have exhausted all possibilities within police work to find this man.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By John Leicester THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PARIS – He apparently traveled the world sexually abusing young boys, but remained unidentifiable – until now. Police in Europe have unscrambled digitally altered images found on the Internet to reveal the face of a man shown abusing boys in Vietnam and Cambodia.
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