FBI seeks possible victims of suspected serial child predator in Raleigh, other cities

tmcdonald@newsobserver.comMay 20, 2014 

— The Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking for possible victims of a Georgia man who is thought to have abused girls over many years and who lived in several places in the Southeastern United States, including Raleigh and Charlotte.

The FBI described Matthew John Coniglio as a “suspected serial child predator” who was arrested on April 10 in Savannah, Ga., and charged with several counts of sex offenses involving children. Coniglio, 46, committed suicide 10 days later, according to the FBI.

Investigators think the victims are all girls – some as young as 8 years old – and that they may be unaware of what happened to them.

At the time of his arrest, Coniglio worked as a sales representative for a food distribution company headquartered in Florida. In addition to Raleigh and Charlotte, Coniglio has lived in Savannah and Pooler, Ga., and Charleston and Hilton Head, S.C., at some point in the last 15 years, according to the FBI.

Videotaped evidence seized at the time of his arrest suggested Coniglio drugged multiple girls and then molested and raped them. Coniglio also possessed more than 50,000 images or videos depicting child pornography. There is no evidence that he shared or traded any of the videotaped assaults, according to the FBI.

Investigators are working to identify the girls who appear in Coniglio’s photos and videos. They encourage anyone who thinks she may be among them to come forward – not only to aid investigators but potentially to seek services.

A confidential questionnaire is available for anyone who thinks they may have been victimized by Coniglio or who may have information about his predatory behavior. The FBI also asks anyone with information about Coniglio to send an e-mail to FBIvictimassistance@ic.fbi.gov or call the FBI’s victim assistance number at 1-877-236-8947.

“While Coniglio took many answers with him upon his death, the FBI is now focused on efforts to provide victim assistance and support to those numerous individuals whom Coniglio harmed,” FBI Special Agent in Charge J. Britt Johnson of Atlanta said in a statement.

McDonald: 919-829-4533

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