Thursday, August 18, 2011
An Islamic religious leader is charged with a string of sexual offenses against some of his students in Toronto
Mohammad Masroor, 48, faces 13 charges and is believed to have traveled extensively around the world, raising fears that there are other victims. He was arrested in a case involving five people, both male and female. He is the Imam of the Baitul Mukarram Islamic Society. He has lived in Asia, Europe and most recently Florida, Michigan and Bangladesh. Det.-Const. Karen Armstrong said that he has been in Canada since 2008. Armstrong said that the suspect used his position of authority but stopped short of calling him a sexual predator. Armstrong said that it was a three-week investigation and police refused to reveal any information about court appearances. The allegations deal with sexual related offenses and threatening death. Police said that the suspect taught the Koran both at the mosque and privately at homes.