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Religious instructor sexually abuses 9-year-old girl in mosque

By Mason White 11:42 AM February 12, 2016
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By: Feng Qian
A religious instructor was arrested on a charge of sexual abuse after allegedly sexually abusing a young girl in a mosque, police in New York said.

The New York Police Department said that they have arrested 46-year-old Mohammed Rana of Queens, after being accused of touching the chest of his 9-year-old female student.

Rana was charged with two counts of first-degree sexual abuse and one count of endangering the welfare of a child. If convicted, Rana faces up to seven years in prison.

According to the police investigation, Rana is an instructor of an after school religious program held at the Masjid Abu Huraira Mosque, located at 78-04 31 Avenue in East Elmhurst.

Rana reached under the 9-year-old female victim’s clothing and
grabbed and squeezed her chest with his hand while stating: “You are a good girl.”

In another incident, Rana touched the victim on her chest with his hand over her clothing.

The case came to light when a sexual abuse prevention workshop, utilizing puppets, was conducted at the victim’s public school and the victim disclosed to the workshop instructor what had occurred to her at the mosque.