Android users will now have access to a smartphone app -- called Operation Predator -- designed for the public to help catch child predators in California and across the nation. It’s also now available in Spanish.
Originally for the iPhone, the latest versions will give law enforcement greater reach in finding a “Most Wanted” list of fugitives suspected of producing or distributing child pornography, according to federal law enforcement officials.
Users who download the app can receive alerts, share information on social media and submit online tips, says Michael Prado, the resident agent in charge of homeland security investigations in Fresno.
“It opens up into a list of actively wanted suspects including an individual here in the valley from Modesto,” says Prado as he scans the photos on the app and points to Eladio Ramirez. “He’s wanted for lewd and lascivious acts against a child and unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor.”
Another suspect listed on the app is Kevin Thomas Trask. He fled the Bay Area after a San Francisco federal grand jury indicted him for allegedly sharing more than 700 images and 10 videos featuring the sexual exploitation of children. Trask was last seen in December 2012.