What to Know About the FBI Investigation Into ‘Criminal Minds’ Season 4
NEW YORK — The FBI has opened an investigation into whether the fictional TV series “CriminalMinds” is linked to an international kidnapping ring, the FBI said Friday.
The FBI said the investigation into the series, which is based on the book “Criminale,” is based in part on a tip from an informant who said he had information about an alleged international kidnapping plot that targeted New York City.
“We have opened an FBI investigation into this very serious matter, which involves a threat to the safety and security of the public,” FBI Director Robert Mueller said.
Mueller did not say how long the investigation would be open.
In addition to the FBI, the New York Police Department has also been investigating the plot.
FBI agents arrested five men in July in connection with the alleged kidnapping, which involved several women and children in the city of New York.
Investigators were also looking at a possible connection between the kidnapping plot and an investigation that began in July into the murder of a 19-year-old man, Michael J. O’Neill, by a man who claimed to be connected to the book.
A woman who identified herself as the father of a victim told The Associated Press that he was abducted in October 2005 from his home in a Manhattan apartment building, and that police did not have a motive to go after him.
The woman said she believed the suspect was a man with a background in child sexual exploitation.
Another woman who said she knew the father told AP that the man had taken his son to the Bronx to attend the University of Rochester School of Law, where he graduated in 2007.
Police did not immediately say whether the alleged plot was linked to a recent investigation that was launched into the use of a child porn website to lure children online.
Criminals are using child porn to lure victims into online sex slavery, and child sex trafficking is the leading cause of death for children in America, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a report released Thursday.
Last month, the NYPD launched a child pornography sting that targeted online predators in New York and other U.K. cities.
One suspect in the New Yorkers case, identified as Michael O’Neil, told police that he had been contacted by a woman who claimed he was a member of a kidnapping group in New Jersey.
He told investigators he had no knowledge of the kidnapping or child pornography, and he was not part of the group.
Police said O’Neills arrest came a day after the New Orleans police department said it was working with prosecutors in the case.