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Real Name: Joseph Arthur Rodia
Aliases: None Known
Wanted For: Pornography, Endangering the Welfare of Children
Missing Since: September 1992


Details: In 1992, New Jersey resident Joseph Rodia led two young boys into his home and exposed them to pornography. The boys went to the police and Rodia was arrested. When police searched his home, they found hundreds of photographs of young boys (some as young as three-years-old) engaged in sexual acts with other children. Guns and tranquilizers were also found during the search of his home.
Rodia was charged with the manufacturing and possession of child pornography. He was also charged with endangering the welfare of children. It is suspected that he drugged his victims so that they would be more willing to follow his sexual demands. It is believed that he found his victims through video or pinball arcades. He was released on bail in September of 1992 and has not been seen since.
Extra Notes: This segment originally aired on the Special Live Edition on November 25, 1992.
Results: Captured. Rodia was arrested in Ohio in 1994 after he sexually assaulted another child there. He was sentenced to four years in prison. After his release in Ohio, he was brought up on additional charges back in New Jersey. He served more time and was released. As of 2015, he is a registered sex offender in the state of New Jersey.