Just hours after the feds made a national plea to the public yesterday for leads in a child pornography case, the "Jane Doe" suspect wanted in connection with that investigation was arrested outside an apartment complex in the North Hills area of Los Angeles.
Letha Mae Montemayor, 52, was taken into custody around 7:30 p.m. Thursday by special agents with ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and officers from the Los Angeles Police Department.
In a statement released by ICE today, Director John Morton said "after ICE's nationwide plea for public assistance, five separate community tips led to the arrest of Jane Doe.
"This arrest would not have happened without the public's help, and it demonstrates how much individual citizens can do to help law enforcement attack crime. The best way to protect innocent children from sex offenders is for law enforcement, educators, parents and concerned citizens to join forces and fight back."
Federal authorities have been searching for their “Jane Doe” in connection with a child sexual exploitation case.
At approximately 2 p.m. Thursday, HSI special agents received the first tip via a call in to the ICE Tip Line regarding Jane Doe’s possible identity.
Subsequently, several additional corroborating leads were provided by the community. After cross-checking various databases and determining Montemayor was the likely suspect, investigators placed her under surveillance prior to making the arrest.
Letha Mae Montemayor is charged in a federal criminal complaint with one count of production of child pornography.
The identity and whereabouts of the male suspect in the case, "John Doe," remain unknown at this time, as does the identity of the victim.
HSI officials underscore that the criminal investigation is ongoing.
The criminal complaint alleges that "Jane Doe," now believed to be Montemayor, was involved in the production of a widely circulated series of child pornography images taken about 11 years ago. Despite extensive investigative efforts, HSI special agents had been unable to determine the identity of the male and female suspects in those photographs.
The pictures show an adult man and woman sexually molesting a girl who appears to be about 13.
Anyone with information or tips that can assist in these investigations is encouraged to call 1-866-DHS-2-ICE or visit www.ICE.gov/tips . Tips may be reported anonymously.
Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to NCMEC, an Operation Predator partner, via its toll-free 24-hour hotline, 1-800-THE-LOST.
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