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'John Doe,' suspected child predator, caught in California

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Police arrest David Stevens in Salinas, CA Police arrest David Stevens in Salinas, CA
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A public appeal to track down "John Doe," a suspected child predator, led to the arrest of David Stevens.

The 58-year-old man was arrested in Salinas, CA, Wednesday. He made his first appearance in federal court Thursday.

Special agents also rescued a child identified as the victim in this case. The child is believed to be between 7 and 9 years old.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations released images Tuesday of Stevens taken from a video depicting the sexual abuse of a child.

Investigators said he was believed to be in the U.S., but few other details were known about his identity or whereabouts.

Calls made to the ICE tip line led investigators to Stevens a little more than 24 hours later.

According to the criminal complaint filed by HSI in Washington, DC, four videos of child pornography with date stamps of April 14 and April 27 were first discovered by the Danish National Police on May 3 and referred to U.S. law enforcement for further investigation.

Following the arrest of Stevens, investigators obtained a search warrant for his home where they seized additional evidence related to the case.

Based upon interviews with witnesses, HSI special agents believe there may be additional victims and are asking anyone with information about Stevens to call ICE's tip line.

Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children can also be reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, via its 24-hour hotline, 1-800-843-5678.

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