LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The FBI is going after a suspected child predator, who may be in Los Angeles, by plastering his face across local billboards.

John Hartin is wanted for allegedly raping two boys when he was 18 years old, working as a security guard in Boston. The boys were eight and nine years old at the time.

Officials say Hartin fled Boston and has been on the lam for nearly 20 years.

Authorities suspect Hartin may have had cause to move out to the City Of Angels.

Serene Branson, reporting for CBS2 and KCAL9, says the FBI used enhanced age progression to simulate what Hartin, now 42, may look like.

More than 80 moving billboards have been saturated with his photos and reward information.

Digital billboard announcements have led to the apprehension of 42 fugitives nationwide.

He wouldn’t be the first fugitive hailing from Boston to move to L.A.

Last year, wanted crime boss James Whitey Bulger was found living in Santa Monica after an FBI public service announcement profiled his girlfriend.

In this case, the ad space was donated by ClearChannel Communications. Similar billboards about Hartin have been running in Tampa, Boston and Orlando.

FBI agents say they fear Hartin may not just be hiding out — he’s still a real threat.

“Statistics have shown individuals who molest children are repeat offenders,” said FBI spokesperson Laura Eimiller.

A $25,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to Hartin. Anyone with information was asked to call the FBI.

Serene Branson

Comments (9)
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  2. FthePolice says:

    White people are slum. It’s a disgrace to be white

    1. The Big Logic says:

      True humans do have their deficiences. Low order two legged beings that are dark skinned, and bearing fur like growths on their skulls, cannot of course be included in that category.

  3. quotelawrence says:

    the worse part of seeing these types of stories is that the African, Mexican, and Asian predators are not targeted as dramatically, and causes a true distortion in the facts take some time and go through the Sex Offender web pages it seems as if Mexicans have the highest population but I would not attack the nationality or race due to what theoretically maybe a mental disorder,

  4. Greg says:

    You’re basing that on a search where Hispanics are the Majority (Not Mexican, that’s Politically incorrect). Do a national and search and you’ll see that the Whte’s lead any Race in Sex Crimes and Child Sex Crimes. Watch the National news if you want statistics.

  5. YeaItsMeAgain says:

    I like the fact that the LA city/county councils are not fuming at their respective stupidities because the story is about the fact that the GOVERNMENT CAN US BILLBOARDS BOTH STATIONARY AND MOBILE AND NOT BE FINED OR PUT INTO JAIL!!!!!!

  6. lee says:

    The FBI and DEA fabricate evidence, steal from suspects and use murder to close those bad cases.
    Corrupt FBI and DEA use no-knock warrants to enter suspect’s homes while they are away and steal items.
    They mostly steal watches, jewelry and less frequently expensive prescription drugs by returning a second time and swapping them with fakes.
    Some of them where stealing wear item parts off of cars, swapping them with old worn out parts from their personal autos and in some cases leaving the auto in a dangerous state. They can remove a car from your garage aparently whenever they feal like it. For us common citizens this would be called grand theft auto, for corrupt FBI and DEA employees this is allowed .
    They also loosened a gas fitting to my furnace which filled my garage with gas fumes because I continued to complain after their death threats.

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