FBI seeking public's help to identify child predator victims

by: Erica Bryant Updated:

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GEORGIA - The FBI is seeking the public’s help to identify victims of a suspected serial child predator who has been living in the Southeast United States. The female victims, some as young as 8 years old, may be unaware what happened to them.

Matthew John Coniglio, a 46-year-old U.S. citizen jailed in Savannah, was arrested on April 10 on charges of possession of child pornography. He committed suicide April 20. At the time of his arrest, Coniglio worked as a sales representative for a food distribution company headquartered in Florida.

Videotaped evidence seized at the time of Coniglio’s arrest in Pooler, Georgia, suggests that he drugged multiple young females who he subsequently molested and raped. Coniglio also possessed more than 50,000 images/videos depicting child pornography.

There is no evidence to suggest that he shared or traded any of the videotaped assaults.

A review of various public sites reveals that over the past 15 years, Coniglio is known to have resided in Savannah and Pooler, Georgia; Charleston and Hilton Head, South Carolina; and Raleigh and Charlotte, North Carolina.

The FBI’s Southeast Georgia Child Exploitation Task Force is working with several Georgia authorities to both identify and notify the photographed victims. Those who believe they have may been victims are being encouraged to come forward, not only to aid investigators, but potentially to seek services through the Victim Assistance Program.

If you have information about the ongoing investigation regarding Coniglio, or believe you been victimized by him, please send an email to fbivictimassistance@ic.fbi.gov.