RUSSIAN ORPHAN ADOPTED BY AMERICAN MAN
SPEAKS OUT ABOUT BEING MOLESTED BY HER ADOPTIVE FATHER �
WHO POSTED EXPLICIT PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE LITTLE GIRL ONLINE
ON �PRIMETIME� AIRING THURSDAY, AUGUST 10
Plus: Caught In The Act -- Female Private Eyes Catching Cheaters
Pictures of a skinny little girl, tied up and raped, became a popular visual in cyberspace for pedophiles -- but no one knew who the little girl was -- nor who the sick person was that was taking and posting the photos. For five years, police helplessly watched this girl grow older on the internet, as new photos were posted. Finally, police were able to track down the pedophile responsible for tormenting this little girl � a girl named Masha. Masha, a Russian orphan adopted at age five by Mathew Mancuso, a 41-year-old divorced, wealthy American, speaks out about her trip to hell and back. John Quinones� exclusive report, which includes how the photos helped detectives rescue Masha, airs on �PRIMETIME� THURSDAY, AUGUST 10 (9:00-11:00 p.m., E.T.) on the ABC Television Network.
The report chronicles Masha�s adoption from an orphanage in a small industrial city in the south of Russia to her new home in the outskirts of Pittsburgh, PA, and questions whether anything could have prevented the vicious child abuse: questioning whether there was any post-placement supervision, and why Mancuso�s ex-wife and grown daughter were never interviewed about why he was estranged from his biological daughter. The latter could have exposed the claims of his biological daughter � that she, too, was sexually abused as a child.
Masha, who has since been adopted by another family, says she is speaking out now, at the age of 13, �because I think that it�s wrong, what he did. And, this is happening so often now. And, a lot of times nobody ever tells anybody� some kids just give up. And they don�t have any faith.�
Mancuso was sentenced to a minimum of 35 years in prison, on top of 15-year federal sentence, and could face life in prison in Florida for the crimes he is accused of committing in a rented room at a Disney World hotel (the report originally aired in December 2005).
Also: An all-female detective agency on the hunt to catch cheating hearts uses a camera to even the score. �Primetime� cameras ride shotgun with this new breed of private eyes, who make their living catching the cheating men and women of Atlanta. Jay Schadler reports on how these ladies get the proof they need, living up to their agency�s name, �Busted� (the report originally aired in May 2006).
DIANE SAWYER, CHRIS CUOMO, CYNTHIA McFADDEN and JOHN QUI�ONES are the anchors of "PRIMETIME." DAVID SLOAN is the executive producer.