NYC mosque teacher charged with molesting 9-year-old

From the New York Daily News

By Rocco Parascandola and Thomas Tracy

Mohammad Rana, who works at The Islamic Center of Jackson Heights, was arrested for molesting a 9-year-old student while he taught class.

A 46-year-old religious instructor at a Queens mosque has been arrested on charges of molesting a 9-year-old student, the Daily News has learned.

Mohammad Rana of Queens was charged with sex abuse and endangering the welfare of a child for groping the girl at the Masjid Abu Huraira Mosque on 31st Ave., police sources said.

The Islamic Center of Jackson Heights

The Islamic Center of Jackson Heights

“You are a good girl,” he would allegedly say as he grabbed the girl’s breasts and buttocks. The incidents sometimes took place as he taught class in front of other children, according to court records.

The girl reported the abuse after watching a “good touch/bad touch” puppet show during a workshop at her public school on Tuesday, sources said.

The girl recounted what happened to a workshop instructor, said Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. He said Rana used his position “ to prey on a young student.”

Cops said the girl attended Rana’s class four days a week at the center. The gropings began in September 2015 and continued through Feb. 3, authorities said.

The girl told police that she had first told her mother about the abuse, but her mother didn’t want to involve the police until she spoke to her imam first.

Calls to the mosque for comment were not returned Wednesday.

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