An Houston Islamic religious leader from Somalia who called himself an Imam has been arrested for sex crimes with children under the age of 14.
Investigators say he’s known throughout the Texas and teaches the Koran.
KHOU11 reports a man described as a religious leader is facing child sex crime charges in Fort Bend County.
Right now, the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office is asking any other potential victims to come forward.
Mohamed Omar Ali, 59, is charged with three counts of indecency with a child and one count of sexual assault of a child.
Ali is a Somali native who resides in the Houston area of Fort Bend County. Sheriff Troy Nehls says Ali is a well-known imam in the Islamic community and teaches throughout Texas and the country.
He has been known to teach children.
Nehls said Ali’s arrest comes after a monthlong investigation and that the alleged crimes date as far back as 2013 when he arrived in the U.S.
Investigators said they believe there may be other victims locally and nationally.
“We do know there are other victims out there and it is our plea today – it is our plea today for those victims, the other victims out there, to please reach out to us so we can conduct a further investigation,” Nehls said.
Islamic Religious Leader Arrested for Sexual Assault. Jan 3, 2020, FBCSO served 4 warrants to local Islamic Religious Leader. Mohamed Omar Ali, 59, resides in Houston area of FBC. Ali currently in jail w/ $125,000 in bonds& immigration hold. Victims call Sgt. Howell, 281-341-4797 pic.twitter.com/f2cQqjrUfS
— FBCSO Texas (@FBCSO) January 6, 2020
The Sheriff’s Office described Ali as an imam, but a local Islamic community group said he’s more of a layman who teaches the Koran.
Either way, investigators said he’s known throughout Texas and even in other states, and they’re looking at the possibility of additional charges.