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Real Name: John Charles Arbogast
Nicknames: No Known Nicknames
Date: Unrevealed
Location: Georgia


Details: John Arbogast was a teacher who taught social studies in a middle school in Cobb County, Georgia for thirteen years. He then opened a baseball card shop, turning his hobby into an occupation. But no one ever guessed that Arbogast apparently had another, more sinister pastime. One that has turned him into a fugitive. According to the FBI, John Arbogast is a trafficker in child pornography who has used the internet to transmit and receive illicit material. Arbogast was allegedly involved with a wide-ranging pornography ring targeted in a two year undercover operation code-named "Innocent Images". The investigation, which resulted in a dozen arrests nationwide, began in 1993 in response to the disappearance of 10 year-old George Burdynski. That case has never been solved, but authorities believe George was abducted by someone he met via the internet.
Today, John Charles Arbogast is the only suspect implicated in the child pornography ring still at large. He is 55 years-old, 6' feet tall, and weighs 180 pounds. Authorities say Arbogast is an avid sports card collector who likes to gamble. He may be in California where he has family.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the February 23, 1996 episode of Unsolved Mysteries as a Special Alert.
Results: Captured. In July of 1997, John Arbogast was arrested in Southern California at a residential hotel. Police received a tip that he was in possession of child pornography but didn't know at the time that he had been profiled on Unsolved Mysteries. Police said Arbogast admitted that he had an outstanding warrant in Atlanta, where the FBI served a search warrant and seized a computer he allegedly used to distribute child pornography. He allegedly fled to Las Vegas, Nevada, then fled again to Los Angeles after seeing his story on Unsolved Mysteries. Investigators say he was working as a food server in the Santa Monica area.