News 12 at 11 / Friday, September 6, 2013
MARTINEZ, Ga. (WRDW) -- Online he went by "Daniel," a man in his twenties looking to have a good time, but in reality it was 47-year old Fawad Syed.
"Says he's one thing, portrays himself as one thing, and ends up being somebody totally different," said Investigator Brian Jones.
According to the U.S. Attorney's office, Syed believed he was communicating with a 14-year-old girl, but when it came time to meet, instead of facing a teenager, he came face to face with officers. Now, he could be facing a life behind bars.
"These people we're dealing with are master manipulators. They can manipulate situations. They know where to look, they know how to look. They've got a lot of practice," Jones said.
Brian Jones has been an investigator on the FBI Child Exploitation Task Force for the past 10 years. He's warning parents this kind of crime happens more than you may realize.
"If you have children that are out there using technology, it's not so much a matter of if it's going to happen. It's when it's going to happen," he said.
It's a scary thought in today's technology age. Jones says as technology evolves, so do criminals, making it tedious to catch them.
"These people that are exploiting children, they're not looking at the boundaries. That's why the task force is so invaluable, because we get to share information across the country," Jones said.
Jones says it's not just sharing information across the country that helps. He says keeping your children safe starts with sharing information at home.
"You have got to be of the mindset that there is no privacy with your child. If you give a kid a smart phone, or an iPad, or a notepad, and just send them on their way, they're the ones that come back with the problems," Jones said.
Syed was convicted this past Wednesday of 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.
Evidence on his computer showed he was communicating with a 13-year-old last summer. He faces life in prison and up to a $250,000 charge.