Quran Instructor Sentenced to Prison for Child Sex Abuse
A former Quran instructor at the American Islamic Center for the Holy Qur’an in Tigard has been sentenced to four years in prison for sexually abusing two children who were students at the center. Muhammad Laftah Hasan was sentenced on Friday, February 1 after pleading guilty to charges of attempted sexual abuse and sexual abuse for incidents that occurred in 2016 and 2017.
The first victim was studying the Quran as Hasan’s student at the American Islamic Center for the Holy Qur’an. In 2017, her mother contacted the police with concerns that Hasan abused her daughter. While investigating the case involving the first victim, police discovered a second victim.
Hasan was arrested at his home in December 2017 and charged with eight counts of sexual abuse.
Hasan taught the Quran in several locations throughout both Oregon and Washington and police are concerned that there may be other victims who have not yet come forward.
In addition to his four-year sentence, Hasan will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, submit a DNA sample, and undergo 10 years of supervision after his release from prison. He has also been ordered to pay over $5,000 in restitution, to avoid all contact with minors (other than his daughter) and will be on probation for five years.
Justice for Survivors of Sexual Abuse by Religious Leaders
Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com is a former prosecutor who now represents sexual abuse survivors and their families in civil lawsuits. Here are some of his thoughts on how the legal system can help provide justice for survivors of sexual abuse by religious leaders:
In cases of child sexual abuse, it’s extremely common for the perpetrator to be someone in a position of trust who is close to their victims. We regularly see this in cases involving religious leaders and other cases of abuse within religious communities.
The perpetrators of these crimes must be arrested and prosecuted before they can continue hurting victims. Just as importantly, the victims must be provided with the support they need. After these allegations arise, it’s also important to determine if any third parties were partially responsible for failing to prevent the abuse, such as leadership in the religious organization.
For example, a religious organization might be considered negligent if they failed to notify the authorities about suspected child sexual abuse. When negligence is involved, the victims and their families may have grounds to file a lawsuit against the organization.
Are you or a loved one a survivor of child sexual abuse in a religious community? Our experienced sexual abuse survivors attorneys understand how painful this time is for your family and we want to help. You can learn more about your legal options by contacting us for a free consultation.