Florida Imam Jailed For Serial Girl Fingering

Via WFTV Orlando:

Imam Helmi Agha - PedophileOSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. — An Osceola County imam and activist in the Muslim community is in jail without bond after investigators said he had inappropriate contact with an underage girl.

Helmi Agha was known as a unifying force among cultures, but now the people at the youth center where he worked are in disbelief about the allegations…

Investigators said the trusted spiritual leader was abusing a 15-year-old girl.

The girl told us that sometime in early November, she was brought into his office by herself and he inappropriately touched her. It happened again on multiple occasions,” said Twis Lizasuain of the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies said it took the issuing of a felony warrant before the 40-year-old turned himself in following a two-month investigation.

“The suspect did not cooperate with the investigation. He did not want to come in for questioning,” Lizasuain said.

Investigators said Agha served time in 1996 on an armed robbery conviction in New York, and after a third-degree assault charge in 2004, he was convicted of a misdemeanor. [more]

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