Houston Public Media
Jan. 6, 2020
By Elizabeth Troval
A Muslim religious leader is accused of indecency and sexual assault of children in Fort Bend County.
Imam Mohamed Omar Ali is charged with three counts of indecency with a child and one count of sexual assault of a child, according to Fort Bend County officials.
Ali, who immigrated to the U.S. from Somalia, was arrested on January 3, 2020.
“We do believe that he’s been in several of the victim’s homes,” said Michael Alexander, lead detective of the case for the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office. “That’s part of what he does, he goes to people’s homes and teaches Quran lessons and that’s how he comes into contact with a lot of people is through some of the mosques and then he eventually goes to their homes.”
Assaults allegedly started in 2013 and officials believe there are more victims who are afraid to come forward because of the stigma.
“The investigation originally started off a little bit slow due to a lack of cooperation from some of the victims, because of that stigma, moving forward we did find that there are some people willing to come forward, which is why we are here,” said Alexander.
Ali spent time as a religious leader in multiple mosques in Houston and Fort Bend County, although officials wouldn’t specify which locations.
The 59-year-old is being held at a Fort Bend County jail and also faces deportation.
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