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Martinez man faces federal prison term for attempt to entice minor

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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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David Parker
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David Parker 09/06/13 - 03:35 pm
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busted

I'm Chris Hansen with Dateline NBC. Have a seat for me.

Pops
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Pops 09/06/13 - 07:30 pm
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Maybe

Allah will help him.......

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 09/06/13 - 08:23 pm
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Guess he didn't know that all

Guess he didn't know that all non-lawyer phone calls from jail are monitored. Oops!!

dichotomy
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dichotomy 09/06/13 - 08:27 pm
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Seems like the wife should

Seems like the wife should have gotten a share of that "destruction" charge.

JRC2024
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JRC2024 09/06/13 - 09:52 pm
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dichotomy, I do not think she

dichotomy, I do not think she did it. She went along with the investigation.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 09/07/13 - 02:34 am
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Wait --

He's 17 (now) and has a wife? How old is she??

Not liking this guy!!

grouse
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grouse 09/07/13 - 10:33 am
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While not defending the man's
Unpublished

While not defending the man's actions, I have always had problems with the methodology of stopping these predators. Whether or not he believes he is having contact with a 14-year-old is irrelevant. If he were having contact with a 14-year-old is a different matter. Since he wasn't, then no harm was done or potentially done to a minor. All the drug stings I've ever read about involved the undercover officer actually carrying real drugs. Life imprisonment seems a bit harsh since no one was actually in danger. Again, the guy is a creep and certainly should be be punished for the contact with the 13-year-old since a minor was actually involved...

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ragingbull 09/07/13 - 12:59 pm
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CB radio's were in their

CB radio's were in their heyday when I was a teenager and my father had one that I used a lot. I met a lot of girls that way, and believe me voices could be deceiving. What sounded like a Raquel Welch could turn out to be a LuLu Roman. So now with the internet and chat rooms one doesn't have a clue who one is corresponding with. Raquel could turn out to be Ricky, and then you have a real mess on your hands. (For those of you to young to remember Lulu Roman, she was a big overweight character on Hee Haw. She later had a career in Christian music. She was not unattractive, she was just big.)

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Marinerman1 09/09/13 - 08:06 am
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@Dixieman

He's 47, not 17. Doubt his wife will wait for him. Hey, I remember Lu Lu Roman. Wife and I saw the Hager twins in Nashville one year. They were there hawking for Hee Haw syndications.

whoami
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whoami 09/09/13 - 12:01 pm
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She immediately cooperated

She immediately cooperated and testified and divorced him. Check the court records.

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