Augusta man thought cop was 14-year-old girl

Charges filed after suspect shows up to meet teen
Fawad Syed

An Augusta man is facing charges after going to a place he believed to be the home of a 14-year-old girl to start a relationship, police said.

Richmond County sheriff’s Lt. Calvin Chew said Fawad Shah Syed, 46, initiated online conversations Feb. 8 with a sheriff’s investigator posing as a teen on a social network.

Conversations continued between them for several days.

On Monday, Syed arrived about 11:30 p.m. at a place he believed to be the teen’s home, where police met him. Chew said the suspect had undisclosed items in his possession to start relations with the girl.

Syed has been charged with criminal attempt child molestation.

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