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Case Number: 5:20-cr-00115-DCR-MAS
Judge: Danny C. Reeves
Court: United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky (Urban County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office
Description: Lexington, Kentucky criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with traveling for sex with a minor and receiving a visual depiction of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct.
Syed Sherza Ahmed, age 40, admitted meeting a minor in the Fall of 2015, through Facebook, using a fictitious name. Ahmed then communicated with the minor over Facebook and Snapchat; and in September 2016, he made plans to drive, from his residence in Ohio to Kentucky, to meet the minor in person. Ahmed admitted to picking up the minor from her school and taking her to a motel, where they had sexual intercourse. Later, Ahmed was stopped by police and found in possession of sexually explicit images of the minor victim.
Ahmed pleaded guilty in July 2021.
Carlton S. Shier, IV, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky; Jodi Cohen, Special Agent in Charge, FBI, Louisville Field Office; and Chief Rodney Richardson, Police Chief, Richmond Police Department, announced the sentence.
The investigation was conducted by the FBI and the Madison County Police Department. The United States was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Emily Greenfield.
Outcome: Defendant was sented to 360 months in prison. Under federal law, Ahmed must serve 85 percent of his prison sentence. Upon his release from prison, he will be under the supervision of the U.S. Probation Office for life.