RCMP appeal leads to new tips in child sex abuse case
New Brunswick police say a social media campaign is generating tips from across North America
RCMP in New Brunswick say their social media campaign to identify a man sexually abusing a child is generating new leads.
A video produced by police and released on YouTube Sept. 17 is now being viewed around the world.
We were looking for tips and we have received some tips that our investigators are now looking to determine the validity of those and to see if we can indeed make a match.- Paul Greene, New Brunswick RCMP
The police video includes images from a video that first surfaced on the internet in 2005 and shows a man sexually abusing a girl who appears to be about three years old.
New Brunswick RCMP included images from that video highlighting distinctive features of the suspect including a dark circular mark on his right forearm and a ring on his left hand.
Police asked people to share the video and the photos through Facebook and Twitter in hopes of identifying the man.
Paul Greene, senior communications adviser with the New Brunswick RCMP, is pleased with the response from the public.
"The video itself, between the English and the French video, has had more than a hundred thousand views and that puts it up as one of the most popular videos the RCMP has ever put out via YouTube anywhere in the country," he said.
More interest was generated recently when law enforcement officials at a social media conference in Nebraska shared the information.
Green says it was also tweeted by a well known comedian.
"It was Roseanne Barr who has more than 200-thousand followers and she re-tweeted the New Brunswick RCMP news release so that helps get it out even wider and it tells us you know yes it got in to the United States."
Police believe the suspect is in North America.
"We were looking for tips and we have received some tips that our investigators are now looking to determine the validity of those and to see if we can indeed make a match," said Greene.
Police are hoping all of the attention will finally help them solve the case.