Fawad Shah Syed (WRDW-TV)
Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Fawad Shah Syed, 47, of Martinez, was sentenced Tuesday to over 24 years in prison, followed by ten years of supervised release, for the attempted online enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity, destruction of records in a federal investigation, and attempted destruction of records in a federal investigation.
He was also ordered to pay a $6,000 fine, and will be required to register as a sex offender. Syed had been convicted of those crimes by a federal jury in September 2013.
Evidence shows Syed, posing as a man in his twenties named “Daniel,” talked with a person he believed to be a 14-year-old girl who he initiated contact with online. After four days of text messaging and several attempts to meet the girl, Syed showed up at what he believed to be the girl’s residence with condoms and alcohol.
A press release said, he was immediately arrested by law enforcement officers. He contacted his wife from jail, and before telling her what charges he faced, told her to delete his email account and remotely wipe his phone, according to a release. He also asked her to wipe his computer.
Mrs. Syed cooperated with law enforcement thereafter, providing an investigator with Syed’s computer and testifying at trial, according to a release. Syed’s computer was searched, and revealed online texts that Syed had last summer with a 13-year-old girl in the Evans area.
This prosecution was the result of a joint investigation of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI’s Computer Crime Child Exploitation Task Force.