The executive director of a cultural center for Muslim youth in Kissimmee was arrested Wednesday after a teenager accused him of molesting her, according to an Osceola County Sheriff’s spokeswoman.
The man was charged with 12 counts of lewd and lascivious molestation of a person between 12 and 16 years old.
The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office claims they have been investigating the man since early January, when representatives of the local Muslim community told police about “inappropriate conduct” between the man and a 15-year-old girl.
Detectives apparently interviewed the girl in early February. She told police that the man first molested her after she fainted at the center last November and was brought to his office.
The girl claims the man touched her inappropriately a few times that day, and again on several occasions over the following weeks.
Detectives allege they tried to speak with the man in early February, but he would not cooperate.
Police obtained a warrant for the man’s arrest on Wednesday.
When deputy sheriffs told the man they had a warrant, he turned himself in.
He is being held on no bond in Osceola County Jail.
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