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Cary man gets probation after plea to sex offenses

Posted October 27, 2009

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— The former owner of an Apex sports facility has pleaded guilty to charges involving sex offenses against children.

Richard James Ahmed, of 210 Michelangelo Way in Cary, was charged last year with felony indecent liberties with children and felony soliciting a child by computer.

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A judge on Tuesday accepted a plea to those charges and sentenced Ahmed to 60 months' supervised probation and five weekends in jail.

Also under the terms of his sentence, he must register as a sex offender, and he is not allowed to have contact with a child under 16 without another adult present.

Prosecutors said a psychosexual evaluation found Ahmed not to be a risk to the public.

"I realize I made a mistake," Ahmed said in court Tuesday.

Accompanied by his wife and two adult daughters, he kept his head low as Wake County Assistant District Attorney Melanie Shekita outlined the details of the case.

Raleigh police arrested Ahmed in February 2008, when he showed up at Laurel Hills Park to meet with someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl whom he met in an Internet chat room.

Ahmed told police he wanted to lecture the girl about meeting people online, Shekita said.

The two chatted 18 times online and talked seven times on the phone within a month. Most of the conversations were about meeting, the supposed teen's sexual history and what she wanted to learn.

"It was very concerning to the Raleigh Police Department that – because he worked with children and was surrounded by children – there may be other victims out there," Shekita said. "There were no actual child victims they could determine."

Ahmed co-owned Dream Sports Center in Apex, 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 sports center severed ties with Ahmed last September and reopened under new ownership.

Although there were no allegations that Ahmed acted inappropriately with children at the facility, the complex instituted safety measures designed to protect its young clientele.

"No one has stepped forward with a hint or suggestion of any improper behavior with those children, and they have had 20 months to do that," Smith's attorney, Roger Smith said.


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  • DeputyDog78 Oct 30, 2009

    He may not be living down the street from us much longer. He uprooted his family before and now we understand that the former Mayor Lang has or is opening a CONNEXION branch in Mississippi or the surrounding area. It would be so easy for him to transfer and start a new life only this time he has to register as a SEX OFFENDER.

  • nchts Oct 29, 2009

    Amen for wral, how can we forget when he lives down the street!!!!

  • kicknfit Oct 29, 2009

    He hired high priced lawyers who managed to continue his case for an extended period of time in the hopes that people would forget. He then kept the trial date secret -- Luckily WRAL covered the case. I am sure he was very upset when he saw the TV camera there. The best deterrent is the public humiliation. I am glad that WRAL covered this case.

  • DeputyDog78 Oct 29, 2009

    If that were my husband, I wouldn't have been holding hands with him after his release from jail because I would be toooo busy moving his clothes out of the house nor would his girls show support in the court room. What are you thinking?

  • DeputyDog78 Oct 29, 2009

    I cannot believe the judge would fall for a plea deal when this sex offender is living among us. What is the judge's name? That was conveniently withheld along with the prosecutors. Does any know that our former Mayor Lang employs his family or that Rick uprooted his family leaving his and Sue's extended family and lucrative business to move to Cary to MOW GRASS. One has to wonder what happenened! The Doctor that evaluated him says he's not a threat to the public. HELLO! In the affadavits it states that he sent naked photos of himself to this 14 year old and asked about her sexual history and such. DID THE PROSECUTORS READ THEM! UNBELIEVABLE. I just hope that our girls aren't running around the lake or to Lifetime and he's out walking the dog. That's what we are all SCARED about!

  • momof3girls Oct 29, 2009

    Wow. Just wow. Unbelievable sentence. A disgrace for North Carolina's legal system.

  • fluffie Oct 28, 2009

    My sons were always at Dream Sports Center, (a great place run by Coach Bob), and I cannot understand how Ahmed can sleep at night knowing what he did to the other owners and the business itself by not being able to control his behavior. How do I explain this to my sons - that the man he saw often is actually someone who solicits girls their age? The judge should explain to these kids why someone who is a danger to them walks.

  • nchts Oct 28, 2009

    why is the former mayor of Cary supporting this MAN? He employs his entire family since his arrest. Makes you wonder what kind of man he IS?????????? Wonder what the other employees think of him and Rick and wife and kids working there????

  • nchts Oct 28, 2009

    i am concerned about the children of Cary. I am thankful I don't have a child young enough to trick or treat this year, but I am concerned about the Regency Lake that my child runs each day and that he could be walking the Lake also. What safequards are in place for a situation like this?

  • QJ1 Oct 28, 2009

    Although justice was not served, his after life will be in hell. Sick people like him will get what they deserve on the true judgement day.