Martinez man faces federal prison term for attempt to entice minor



A 47-year-old Martinez man faces up to life in prison after his conviction in federal court this week.

A jury in U.S. District Court on Wednesday convicted Fawad Shah Syed for 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 presented at the trial revealed that Syed pretended to be a man in his 20s named “Daniel” to engage in online communications with what he believed to be a 14-year-old girl, according to the U.S. attorney’s office. After four days of text-messaging and several attempts to meet the girl, Syed showed up at what he believed to be her home with condoms and alcohol. Law enforcement officers were waiting.

From jail, Syed called his wife and instructed her to delete his e-mail account and remotely wipe his phone. Syed’s computer was searched; it revealed texts to a 13-year-old girl last summer.

Syed faces up to life in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and probation of from five years to life for the enticement charge. He also faces up to 10 years in prison for each destruction of evidence charge.

A sentencing date has not been set yet.

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