Thursday, June 24, 2010

Imam Pleads Guilty To Child Molestation

Florida: An imam pleaded guilty to molesting a teenage boy at a Gulf coast mosque.

A judge put Yasser Mohamed Shahade on probation for 10 years and designated him a sexual offender Thursday. He will be deported to Egypt. He faced 15 years in prison if convicted of the initial charge, sexual battery on a minor. His attorney confirmed that he pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of lewd and lascivious molestation.

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The 13-year-old boy was staying overnight at the Tampa Masjid Omar Al Mohktar mosque for early prayers when he was sexually assaulted by Imam Shahade. Tampa police received a phone call Sunday morning reporting the incident and they responded to Tampa General Hospital, where the boy was being treated.