A man allegedly lured children into his home to molest them, take nude photos and videotaped them as they performed lewd acts.
And prosecutors said the former Georgia Tech computer technician groomed them before having sex with them, according to a media report.
Now a DeKalb County Superior Court judge is considering whether to allow Mr. Sami Ud Deen to be released on bond after a hearing last Tuesday, according to the district attorney’s office.
Mr. Deen, 44, is charged with five counts of child molestation and 25 counts of sexual exploitation of children, according to a court records.
Between Oct. 2009 and Oct. 31, 2011, Mr. Deen allegedly molested the young girls whose ages have not been released, according to the records.
It was also unclear how many girls are involved.
During that time, Assistant DeKalb County District Attorney Mr. Lee Williams said the Decatur man “groomed” the girls, getting them acclimated to him, taking pictures of them naked and fondling them, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
According to the indictment, Mr. Deen would touch the children on their bottoms as well as on and around their private parts.
“He told them they were modeling,” Mr. Williams said. “And they knew to keep it a secret … when their mother overheard them discussing it they would hush their tones [if they thought she was near].”
He also allegedly videotaped the girls, according to the indictment. One video titled “2girl8y+in memory of K9,” depicted a child exhibiting her genitals. Another, dated March 29, 2011 and titled “Valya-Big1”, depicted a child exhibiting her genitals and penetrating her private area with an object.
Police initially arrested Mr. Deen in November after an acquaintance’s oldest daughter told her mother about their interaction, the AJC reported.
He was released on a $75,000 bond and ordered to live with his parents in Avondale Estates.
But then investigators allegedly found on Mr. Deen’s computer a small cache of child pornography that included pictures of children, and he was returned to jail, the paper reported. He was released a second time on a $30,000 bond.
Eventually, investigators said they were able to find hundreds of photos on his computer including photos from the waist-down of young girls at swimming pools or ballet classes, and he was jailed again.
“We don’t believe any amount of restriction will keep the community safe,” Mr. Williams told the paper. “And he is a flight risk.”
But Mr. Deen’s attorney, Mr. Scott Key, noted that his client, who was a computer technician with high-level federal government security clearance, has been placed on several restrictions.
He has surrendered his passport, has remained on an ankle monitor and was restricted from using a cell phone with a camera or going near a computer, Mr. Key told the paper.
“We ask that his bond for $30,000 be reinstated,” Mr. Key said.
But Judge Gail Flake made no decision at last week’s hearing, and it is unclear when she will return with a ruling, the district attorney’s spokesman Mr. Erik Burton said.
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