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Imam in Northern Virginia charged with sexual assaulting girl

Police said a 36-year-old imam from Maryland who served at the Mustafa Center in Annandale was charged with sexually assaulting a girl.

ANNANDALE, Va. — Author's Note: The above video is on file from a story that aired May 4, 2021.

The imam at a northern Virginia mosque has been charged with sexually assaulting a girl who had sought his help. 

Fairfax County police said Tuesday that the 36-year-old imam, a Maryland resident, served as imam for the last nine years at the Mustafa Center in Annandale.

Police say the girl sought the imam's assistance and he would meet her at various locations in the county. Police say he would then invite the girl into his car and sexually assault her. 

Police began their investigation in May after the victim came forward. He was arrested Tuesday after an investigation that included a review of digital evidence.


Author's Note: The video above is on file from July 23, 2020.