Facial recognition catches child predator on the lamb for 14 years

Facial recognition software catches child predator at large for 14 years living in Nepal.

@ShaneMcGlaun
Published Thu, Aug 14 2014 11:13 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:15 PM CST

Way back in 2000 a man named Neil Stammer was accused of sex crimes involving a child as well as kidnapping and other charges in New Mexico. The man was released on bond and then he skipped town and remained at large for 14 years. He was recently captured after facial recognition tech was used on his photograph.

Facial recognition catches child predator on the lamb for 14 years | TweakTown.com

The case was shelved years ago after no new evidence surfaced and the criminal couldn't be located. Things changed earlier this year when the Diplomatic Security Service began using facial recognition tech to crack down on bogus US passports. Authorities ran the facial recognition tech on Stammer's old photo and came up with a match.

The old photo matched a photo of a man named Kevin Hodges, who was actually Stammer living under a new name in Nepal. Stammer was teaching English to children there and was described as "comfortable" in Nepal.

NEWS SOURCE:cnet.com

Shane is a long time technology writer who has been writing full time for over a decade. Shane will cover all sorts of news for TweakTown including tech and other topics. When not writing about all things geeky, he can be found at the track teaching noobs how to race cars.

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