Former Scarborough Muslim cleric sentenced for U.S. sex crimes

Mohammad Masroor.

Mohammad Masroor.

Sam Pazzano, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 12:29 AM ET

A former Scarborough Muslim cleric who terrorized his sexual abuse victims into silence with threats of stoning in their homeland is now serving a 35 to 50 year prison sentence in Michigan after a historic trial.

Mohammad Masroor — who was acquitted in Toronto on similar allegations a year ago — was convicted in Detroit of all 15 counts of criminal sexual conduct. This is believed to be the first American trial where a witness wore a religious veil to cover her face, said prosecutor Khalil Rahal.

“As far as I know it was the first trial where one wore a niqab,” said Rahal in an interview Thursday. “Judge Michael Hathaway gave them a choice and two unveiled themselves.”

Masroor taught at a non-profit Islamic school in his brother’s house in Detroit from 2000 through 2003 and through this role, he engaged his victims, then aged nine to 13 years old, in sexual acts.


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