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Attempted online enticement of minor results in long prison term

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A Martinez man convicted of attempted online enticement of a minor was sentenced Tuesday to 24 ½ years in prison.

The federal court punishment range for Fawad Shah Syed, 47, was enhanced because he not only showed up at an apartment with condoms and alcohol to meet a 14-year-old girl but also had done similar things in the past.

A jury in U.S. District Court in Augusta convicted Syed on Sept. 4 of the child-sex crime, destruction or altercation of records in a federal investigation, and attempted destruction or altercation of records in a federal investigation.

Evidence presented at the trial revealed 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. When he showed up at what he thought was the teen’s home, 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. Assistant U.S. Attorney Nancy Greenwood said Tuesday that investigators were lucky that Syed had downloaded text exchanges he had with a 13-year-old Evans girl in 2012.

Syed also used the same ruse – phony name and age – to initiate contact with a 17-year-old whom he later married.

Defense attorney Travis Saul asked Judge J. Randal Hall to consider a sentence at the lower end of the sentencing range. He cited Syed’s lack of any criminal record, his steady employment history and family.

Hall’s sentence fell near the middle of the range of 262 and 327 months. After his release, Syed will be on supervised release for 10 years.

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myfather15
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myfather15 01/22/14 - 04:52 pm
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Amazing!!!

I absolutely agree with this sentence!!

Having said that, this man gets 25 years but a guy who sodomized a 6 year old, and Judge Padgett gives him 1 year house arrest, followed by 5 years probation???? That's the huge difference in State and Federal Court!! It shouldn't be this way!!

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 01/23/14 - 08:12 am
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his lawyer should have called

his lawyer should have called the 14 year old girl on the stand to testify. Whoops, MF15, did the cops lie again in order to get a conviction? He is going to jail because of a made up victim. Can all of us go to jail over something made up in our head?

myfather15
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myfather15 01/23/14 - 01:33 pm
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If you take a SUBSTANTIAL

If you take a SUBSTANTIAL STEP in committing the actual crime, absolutely!! You will end up in prison, as you should!! Thank God for it!!

myfather15
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myfather15 01/24/14 - 12:33 pm
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What are you worried about GAD?

You worried that one day, you'll get caught up in one of these RAT traps? See, you can set a trap, but you can't make the RAT walk through or onto it!! THEY have to do that!!

So, here is some good advice to stay out of trouble; DO NOT attempt to talk to young, underage girls!!!

GodisSoGood
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GodisSoGood 03/12/14 - 07:19 am
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@Giants....a made up victim?

@Giants....a made up victim? Seriously? He shows up at the apartment with condoms, so he obviously wasn't there for Bible study!! He went BEYOND the talking to the "girl" and was attempting to put his thoughts into action. You have to wonder how many times in the past he has done the very same thing and gotten away with it. Scumbag. I agree with myfather...the guy who sodomized the 6 year old should get the same sentence!

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