A Fresh Meadows resident has been sentenced to up to three years in prison after pleading guilty to attempting to disseminate indecent material to an individual he believed was a 14-year-old girl but who actually was a New York City Police Department detective.
The defendant is Tariq Alam, 30, of 75th Road. Alam, who pleaded guilty on May 14 to first-degree attempted dissemination of indecent material to minors, appeared Thursday before Acting Queens Supreme Court Justice Dorothy Chin-Brandt, who imposed an indeterminate sentence of one and one-half to three years in prison. At the time of his release, Alam will also be required to register as a sex offender.
In pleading guilty, Alam admitted that he used the social media application Meet24 on Nov. 29, 2013, to initiate an online conversation with a screen name whose profile indicated that she was 14-years old — but in fact was a male NYPD detective working in an undercover capacity. During the conversation, the undercover officer gave Alam “her” cell phone number and Alam proceeded to send her text messages between Nov. 29, 2013, and Feb. 19, 2014, that were sexual in nature. In one, instance, on Nov. 29, 2013, Alam e-mailed the undercover officer a picture of himself naked from his AOL account. On Feb. 19, Alam went to a pre-arranged meeting location in Queens to meet the girl and with whom he expected to have sexual intercourse.