FBI issues Southeast predator alert

Posted at 10:32 PM, Apr 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-30 23:32:28-04

Auburn, AL(CNN)  – New details are out on an FBI child predator alert impacting children in east Alabama.

A young girl received a package in the mail from a man she doesn’t know.

"It’s terrifying. I don’t… I don’t want her to be out of my sight right now," said the young girl’s mom, Jen Willingham.

In December, Jena Willingham’s daughter began receiving unsolicited travel brochures at their east Alabama home.

Then – a disturbing package – addressed to the young girl – with a half eaten doughnut, church bulletin, three dollars, and a written letter from Artur Bhuck of Santa  Fe, New Mexico.

The writer claimed to be a 14-year-old – who was bullied – asking Willingham’s young daughter to e-mail him.

The family reported it to investigators and months later learned their daughter wasn’t alone.

"It freaked me out again to know wasn’t isolated. She wasn’t the only one. There were lots of girls he was doing this to. I think the other kids were getting theirs at school, but ours came to our house," said Willingham.

This week, the FBI issued a Southeast predator alert.

Agents traced the e-mail address in the letters and learned more than 50 packages – tied to the account – were sent to minor girls at their elementary schools in New Jersey, South Carolina, Virginia, and Alabama.

Agents also traced the IP address to websites where the user discusses girls’ underwear and types of music to listen to when visiting pen pals in Phoenix City, Alabama.

 "She came in and she cried. My husband talked about it and was like I’m not going to let anything happen to you. You’re safe with use. And the police are going to take care of this now. So we know that this is a bad man," said Willingham.

While Willigham comforts her daughter, agents are searching for the predator, and parents are urged to call law enforcement if you receive a similar package.

The Lee County Sheriff’s office is working with the FBI and other Alabama agencies on the investigation.