Orange County Technology Expert Charged in 33 Counts of Cybersex
Recent arrest reports suggest that Qayed Murtaza Shareef, the 39-year-old CEO of a Southern California digital advertising company solicited two Virginia boys, aged nine and 10, to take explicit videos of themselves. Per the allegations, Shareef used the messaging app Tango to contact the boys and, eventually, to choreograph the specific sexual acts he wanted them to perform.
Shareef, who maintains his innocence, allegedly sent the boys adult pornography and videos of himself engaged in sex acts. Investigators are concerned that these boys aren't the only victims.
The authorities first became aware of the case over a year ago when one of the boy's mothers found a video on her son's tablet. But due to Shareef's knowledge of computer technology, officials believe he was able to elude investigators.
The Orange County Child Exploitation Task force took Shareef into custody at his Aliso Viejo home and charged him with 33 counts of lewd acts with a child under 14, possession of child pornography, and distribution of pornography to a child. If convicted, he faces 752 years in prison.
This case is disturbing not only because of the crimes themselves but also because it illustrates how easy it is for someone with technological expertise to evade the law. Where an investigation pits the savvy of the alleged criminal against that of the authorities -- who use some of the most advanced technology in the industry to catch predators -- some victims and even some alleged perpetrators may be denied justice under the law.
Your freedom and future may be at stake as a result of false charges of online cybercrime or solicitation. We can help. Call Seltzer Law, P.A. right now at 1-888-THE-DEFENSE (1-888-843-3333) for a free and confidential consultation.