TUPPER LAKE - A Long Island man is facing sex charges for allegedly raping a Tupper Lake minor after setting up a meeting with the girl through cell phone and internet chat.
Fahad Sultan, 23, also known as Nicholas Sultan, was arrested at his Levittown home Dec. 3 and charged with three counts of third-degree criminal sexual act and two counts of third-degree rape; all felony charges.
According to police, Sultan, communicated with the victim, a resident of Tupper Lake who is less than 17 years old, via internet chat and cell phone conversations, during which he agreed to travel to Tupper Lake to meet with the victim.
Once in Tupper Lake, Sultan allegedly committed sexual offenses against the teen over the course of two days in a nearby motel before returning to his home on Long Island.
Reports from the victim led to an investigation by Tupper Lake Village police. Assisted by the New York State Police Computer Crimes Unit, the investigation gathered digital and other evidence relating to the crime.
Investigators with the Computer Crime Unit obtained and executed a search warrant for Sultan's residence, vehicle, computer and cell phone to find additional evidence.
State Police also arrested Sultan and brought him to Albany, where Tupper Lake Village police met them to bring him to Tupper Lake. Sultan was Arraigned in the Village of Tupper Lake Court and remanded to Franklin County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail or $100,000 bond.
"I am grateful for the help from the New York State Police Computer Crime Unit for their expertise in the case," said Tupper Lake Police Chief Thomas Fee in a news release. "And I also want to acknowledge the outstanding work of several of our own officers in connection with this case."
The investigation of the case is ongoing.