ICE unveils app to catch child predators
FORT MYERS, Fla. - A new iPhone app has just been released. It's called Operation Predator. It's designed to help authorities track down child predators with your help.
"These are fugitives who are wanted for child exploitation," said Brendan Quigley, the Resident Agent in charge, with the Department of Homeland Security.
Jeffrey Dinkel, 65, is one of those fugitives.
"He frequented many child pornography websites and amassed a large collection of child pornography," explained Quigley.
Pornography he collected right here in Fort Myers before fleeing to the Caribbean. His picture and information appear on this just-released iPhone app.
"We're trying to determine if there's activity downloaded in the Dominican Republic that we would need to investigate further," said Quigley.
It's why Quigley is asking you for help. By downloading the app, you can submit an anonymous tip about Dinkel and other child predators in mere seconds.
"This is a much faster way for us to receive leads and then initiate investigations," added Quigley.
Dinkel has eluded the law since 2007. He's indicted on one count of child pornography. The feds want his computer and floppy discs containing sickening images of children.
"He has not surfaced on any type of law enforcement databases or any type of radar," concluded Quigley. "So we are looking for the public's assistance at this time."
It's only available for the iPhone but agents say one of the Droid is in the works.