Have you or a loved on been sexually assaulted at a religious school? Continue reading below for our lawyer commentary.
Former Noor Learning Center teacher Mohammedimran A. Mulla was arrested on July 10 for allegedly sexually abusing a 10-year-old student at the religious school for Muslims in Skokie. Mulla is also the owner of the school and lived there as well. Police are continuing to investigate and believe there may be additional victims.
Mulla has been charged with predatory sexual assault of a child, attempted predatory sexual assault of a child, and aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Prosecutors say he sexually abusing the girl over 10 times – beginning in early 2019 and lasting until the end of June.
Skokie police began investigating Mulla on Tuesday, July 9 after being notified of an alleged sexual assault of a student on July 5.
A former student reportedly told investigators that Mulla often started inappropriate sexual conversations, made sexual gestures, and touched himself in the classroom.
Prosecutors with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office told a judge that Mulla would take the girl into an isolated room inside of the school and sexually abuse her there. Another student told investigators that there were several instances of Mulla taking the girl into a private room for extended periods.
Attorney contributor Brian Kent is a sex abuse victims attorney who represents victims in civil lawsuits. Brian has offered to share some insight regarding the legal options available to religious school sexual abuse victims and their families:
Sexual predators are often found in positions of trust that involve working with children, such as in our community’s schools and religious organizations. These predators exploit the trust of their communities in order to commit these terrible crimes.
When a child is sexually abused at a private or religious school, it’s critical to make sure the victim gets the support they need, to prosecute the offender, and to determine if the school failed in their legal duty to protect their students.
In many cases, sexual abuse in schools only occurs due to negligence by the school. For example, a school might be considered negligent if there was a widespread culture of abuse and coverups by administrators. When negligence is found to have been a factor in a case of sexual abuse, the victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit.
If you or a loved one is a victim of sexual abuse at a religious school, you can learn more about your family’s legal rights by speaking with an experienced sex abuse victims attorney in a free consultation.