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FBI seeks victims of child predator suspect who lived in NC

Posted May 20

Matthew John Coniglio in 2007 (left) and 2014

— The FBI is asking for the public’s help to find victims of a suspected serial child predator who once lived in Raleigh and Charlotte.

Matthew John Coniglio, 45, committed suicide 10 days after his April 10 arrest in Savannah, Ga., on charges of possession of child pornography. Investigators seized more than 50,000 images or videos of child pornography. They said some of the video evidence suggests Coniglio drugged, raped and molested young girls.

“The female victims – some as young as 8 years old – may be unaware of what happened to them,” investigators said in a news release. The release did not indicate the time frame the videos were taken.

Public records showed Coniglio, who worked as a sales representative for a food distribution company at the time of his arrest, lived in Savannah and Pooler, Ga.; Charleston and Hilton Head, S.C.; and Raleigh and Charlotte in the last 15 years.

Investigators are working to identify and notify the girls in the photographs and videos. Anyone who thinks they may have been a victim is asked to contact the FBI by email at FBIvictimassistance@ic.fbi.gov or call 1-877-236-8947.

Investigators also encourage anyone who may have been a victim to seek help through the FBI Victim Assistance Program. A confidential questionnaire is available.

“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 Atlanta Special Agent in Charge J. Britt Johnson said.

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  • liztmsw May 22, 7:25 p.m.

    These children's pictures were found on this man's computer. They could be all over the... View More

    — Posted by liztmsw

    I still disagree with that approach. If you had had a horrible thing happen to you as a young... View More

    — Posted by scubagirl2

    All I meant was the police would be considered negligent if they didn't try to locate potential victims and their parents. Obviously I can't perceive how you or other people would feel. Just speaking from my own path. Peace.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU May 21, 12:08 p.m.

    If only they went after the churches so aggressively...maybe that would reduce a major source of child abuse.

  • scubagirl2 May 21, 9:51 a.m.

    These children's pictures were found on this man's computer. They could be all over the... View More

    — Posted by liztmsw

    I still disagree with that approach. If you had had a horrible thing happen to you as a young child but you had managed to move on, suppress it and have a somewhat normal life and THEN because the FBI wanted info those suppressed memories-horrible memories-brought to light and then your life was made a living hello because of it....would you feel the same way? I don't think so. The guy is dead, what good will bringing all this up do????? NONE!!!

  • JAT May 21, 8:28 a.m.

    How did he get access to all these girls for long enough periods that he could drug them, rape them and have them recover before anyone knew about it?

  • A person May 21, 8:08 a.m.

    Since he is dead, what good could possibly come from stepping forward, fir the victims that is. I am sure the FBI will use this to make their lives a living hell

  • liztmsw May 20, 7:33 p.m.

    These children's pictures were found on this man's computer. They could be all over the internet. Even if the children never remember due diligence should be made to inform families.

  • freebirdhw21 May 20, 6:45 p.m.

    I am not sure what makes me more sick, what this man did or some of the comments posted on here. Some might not know this horrible thing was done to them. Some might have blocked it from their memory but what lives in the dark always comes into the light. Then there are those who know and have lived with the torture of what happened to them and never came forward and really need the help they are being offered. Ignorant comments like most of the ones posted here might be one reason some sexual assault victims don't and now won't come forward. Think before posting on articles like this. What if that was you or your child in those pictures or videos and you read these insensative and ignorant comments. It might not be you they are looking to identify but someone who is a victim could be reading this.

  • scubagirl2 May 20, 6:01 p.m.

    The purpose of the FBI inquisition is to identify victims and provide them with counseling. If... View More

    — Posted by Lovemyboys2

    Again....If these "possible targets" of this criminal, do not even know that they were... View More

    — Posted by dwr1964

    EXACTLY....

    funny how life and fiction are often the same. Just last week I think one of the crime drama show's had this kind of scenario-where the victim was 'forced' to remember things long repressed to live a normal life. Then remembering happens and all the mind stuff that goes with that, with catastrophic results.....could happen, would probably happen-at least in a high percentage! Bad, bad idea

  • dwr1964 May 20, 4:18 p.m.

    The purpose of the FBI inquisition is to identify victims and provide them with counseling. If... View More

    — Posted by Lovemyboys2

    Again....If these "possible targets" of this criminal, do not even know that they were assaulted, who does the FBI think they are, and who do you think you are to back them, to try and find these unknown and unknowing victims? If you do find one, you have changed their life, with things they didn't even know. If they don't know, why do they need counseling? Why do you want to tell them they are victims, make them act like victims, and then provide help for them as victims, of something they DON'T EVEN KNOW?

  • stymieindurham May 20, 3:46 p.m.

    Which would be more important to me, protecting my identity since the dude is dead, or revealing myself to the public? Hmmmmmmm, FBI must think people are dumb.

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