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Warrant: Suspect Wanted to Lecture Teen on Dangers of the Internet

Posted February 7, 2008

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— An owner of an Apex sports facility that caters to children was arrested Wednesday and charged with two felonies and a misdemeanor involving sex offenses with children.

When he was arrested, he told police he was only meeting who he thought was a 14-year-old girl to lecture her about the dangers of meeting people on the Internet, according to a search warrant returned Thursday afternoon.

Raleigh police arrested Richard James Ahmed, 47, of 210 Michelangelo Way in Cary, on one count of solicitation of a child by computer for sex, one count of indecent liberties with children and one count of attempted dissemination of obscenity to minors.

Investigators said in an affidavit for the search warrant that Ahmed met someone he thought was a 14-year-old middle-school student in a Yahoo! chat room.

From Jan. 14 to Feb. 6, the two chatted 18 times online and talked seven times on the phone, most of those with him allegedly steering the conversations toward wanting to meet her, talking about her sexual history and what she wanted to learn, that affidavit said.

It went on to say the two eventually made plans to meet at a Raleigh park on Feb. 6, according to the warrant, and police arrested him while he was attempting to meet a decoy.

"Let me tell you what I was doing," Ahmed told police, the warrant said. "I wasn't going to do anything with her; I was only going to lecture her. I have met girls before, but it's just to lecture them about the dangers of meeting people from the Internet. I work with kids."

Ahmed was released from the Wake County Jail under a $103,000 secured bond Thursday afternoon. He had no comment as he left the jail.

According to its Web site, Ahmed is the co-owner of Dream Sports Center, which offers facilities for basketball, roller hockey, soccer, lacrosse, baseball and other sports and hosts camps and clinics for children ages 5 and up.

The Web site says Ahmed has 15 years' experience coaching soccer and baseball for children ranging from preschool to high school.

Bob Boucher, who also owns Dreams Sports, said he is upset by the charges against Ahmed and did not want to comment on the matter.

He did say, however, he intends to keep the center open and will address any concerns parents have.

"It's just something hard to accept. I just don’t understand it," said John Graham, whose grandson attended a camp last summer at Dream Sports.

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  • hkymom Feb 12, 2008

    I agree GoBoSox. I want to know what is going on. All I know now is that Rick is free. That is very unsettling.

  • GoBoSox Feb 12, 2008

    Does WRAL have an update to this story for us?

    I've been told he is not allowed anywhere near Dream Sports (obviously), is no longer considered an owner and that a buyout will be completed very shortly.

    Additionally, they are conducting background checks on ALL current and future employees.

    Hopefully WRAL can shed some light on this matter. It's a bit unsettling that they open a forum up to a "feeding frenzy" then not provide us with any further developments.

  • VT1994Hokie Feb 11, 2008

    Based on what I have read, he didn't have any intentions of lecturing her about the use of the internet. This is the job of parents. He just messed up his life and a promising business. These people prey on the young, and thankfully some do get caught.

  • hkymom Feb 11, 2008

    Our family, like many others, will continue to support DSC. Bob and his business do not deserve to go down because Rick is sick and obviously has a very serious problem. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee of any safe place for kids or anybody else.

  • RedSoxNationRules Feb 11, 2008

    I want everyone to ask themselves one question. If it was YOUR daughter ... would you be going back to that facility ?!?!?! I rest my case !!!!!!!!!!!!

  • RedSoxNationRules Feb 11, 2008

    Pretty sad how people continue to support this facilty and place personal convenience and pleasure ahead of morality. The are simply passing up a huge opportunity to teach their children a monumental lesson!! I will continue to pray for all involved.

  • shine Feb 11, 2008

    If those were his true intensions, he should have let the police or whatever watchdog group that monitors this and worked in conjunction with them.... Nothing wrong with people trying to help, but this sounds a little sketchy...

  • ckblackm Feb 11, 2008

    They've removed Rick's named from the Dreamsports website as an owner.

  • IceCreamMan Feb 8, 2008

    If your kids asked you "Why do we go to DreamSports when the owner has stalked children for sex?"....what would your answer be to them?

  • GulfWarVet Feb 8, 2008

    GoBoSox, I accept your opinion. I would anticipate a large number of patrons to walk away, and if that does occur, and the business flops as result, the other owner has grounds for a suit against the accused in this article.

    While I would rather be inclined to rally to the side of an apparent innocent partner... there is the flip side of this coin which may say one is guilty by association.

    Again, this is my opinion, and should be taken with a large grain of salt.

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