You are reading

Mosque Instructor Charged With Sexually Abusing 9-Year-Old Student


Feb. 10, 2016 Staff Report

An after school instructor at a Jackson Heights mosque has been charged with sexual abuse of a young student, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.

Mohammed Rana, an after-school religious instructor at Masjid Abu Huraira, a mosque at 78th Street and 31st Avenue, faces two counts of first-degree sexual abuse and one count of endangering the welfare of child after allegedly groping a 9-year-old female student.

If convicted, Rana faces up to seven years in prison.

The charges state that sometime between November and January, Rana reached under the girl’s clothing and squeezed her chest while stating, “you are a good girl.” He also allegedly touched the victim on her chest over her clothing on Feb. 3.

The case came to light after a sexual prevention workshop, utilizing puppets, that was conducted at the victim’s school. The victim told the workshop instructor about the alleged incidents at the mosque.

“According to the charges, the defendant is accused of using his position as a religious instructor at a mosque to prey on a young student. These are serious allegations,” Brown said. “This case should serve as a clear and unmistakable warning that law enforcement is prepared to apprehend and prosecute sexual predators who betray and defile youngsters.”

email the author:

One Comment

Click for Comments 

This guy should not be released on bail .
And a picture of him should also be printed with the story. Maybe the authorities should talk to the other boys and girls who attend that mosque.


Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

‘Ghost car’ driver arrested in East Elmhurst after traffic stop reveals weapons, threatening note: NYPD

Police from the 110th Precinct in Elmhurst discovered an arsenal of weapons in a ghost car they pulled over on Ditmars Boulevard and 86th Street in East Elmhurst early Wednesday morning.

NYPD Chief of Department Jeffrey Maddrey held a press briefing at the 110th Precinct on Wednesday afternoon to discuss what the sergeant and three officers from the 110th Precinct public safety team found when they pulled over a black Ford Explorer at around 1:30 a.m. because it had blacked-out license plates.

Henry ‘Hank’ Krumholz, stalwart pioneer of Queens LGBTQ Pride, dies at 73

Henry “Hank” Krumholz, a pioneering gay rights activist in Queens, passed away on Sunday in his Flushing apartment at the age of 73.

Krumholz played a crucial role in the establishment and success of the Queens LGBTQ Pride Parade, which is held annually in Jackson Heights. He joined the parade’s sponsoring organization right after its inaugural event in 1993 and continued his involvement for decades. His passing came just a week after this year’s parade on June 2, marking its 31st anniversary.