RICHLAND, Wash. -- When Detective Roy Shepherd got the first report in October 2005, it appeared to be a typical child sex crime -- a young girl molested by a relative.
The suspect, Kenneth Freeman, was charged with rape but fled the country before going to trial.
His victim aired her story on national television hoping it would lead to his capture, and only then did investigators realize the gravity of Freeman's actions.
Shepherd knew Freeman had taken pictures and videos as he sexually abused his preteen daughter Kylie. But less than 48 hours after she spoke on America's Most Wanted, Shepherd got word that the girl's images had been posted on the internet.
Videos of the abuse -- in which Freeman is said to be clearly recognizable -- have become among the most downloaded series of internet child pornography, and now require Richland police Detective Shepherd to testify around the country about their validity.
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