Shahid Ashkar, 33, of 90 Law Street Valley Stream, NY was arrested Friday morning at 11:23am by Ridgefield Park Police. Akhtar is charged with Attempted Sexual Assault (2 counts), Attempted Luring (1 count), Attempted Endangering the Welfare of a Child (4 counts), Attempted Criminal Sexual Contact (1 count) and Distribution of Obscene Material to a Person Under 18 (1 count), according to Bergen County Prosecutor's Office.
The investigation was conducted by the Bergen County's Computer Crime Unit Task Force. Investigators posed as a 13-year-old girl through instant messaging. According to the prosecutor's office, "Akhtar instructed the teenager to masturbate, and also masturbated while transmitting the images via the Internet through a web camera to the teenager.
Akhtar went by the screen name "cute27male". The Bergen County Prosecutor's Office urges anyone else who has had contact with Akhtar to contact their office.
Akhtar is being held at the Bergen County Jail on $50,000 bail with no Internet access. His arraignment will be held on Tuesday, January 27 at 4pm in Ridgefield Park and will be heard by the Honorable Judge Harry G. Carroll, JSC.