The Orange Country Register reported yesterday that Qayed Murtaza Shareef, 39, the CEO of Adaptive Media was arraigned on a count of 33 felonies, including more than two dozen counts of lewd or lascivious acts with a minor, as well as possessing child pornography and sending harmful matter to a minor with the intent of seduction, court records show. Adaptive Media, a Irvine-based digital advertising company, specializes in video content.
The mother of one of the boys involved in the prosecution spotted a video on his tablet on Dec. 30, 2013. The OC Register’s Kelly Puente goes on to write: “The case was turned over to the Orange County Child Exploitation Task Force, a multi-agency team that includes investigators from the FBI, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and the Newport Beach Police Department…If convicted, Shareef faces up to 752 years to life in state prison, according to the DA’s office.”
NBC’s Los Angeles affiliate reports that investigators believe Shareef’s Internet expertise helped him remain anonymous during their yearlong investigation, and believe Shareef could have gotten in touch with other victims. “We have obtained information that there could be additional victims that’s why we are putting this information out there,” said Orange County Sheriff’s deputy Lt. Jeffery Hallock.
According to the OC Register report, Shareef pleaded not guilty to the charges at a Friday arraignment at the Central Jail Complex in Santa Ana. The company’s representatives said they would release a statement today but as of this posting it was not available.