Thursday, December 9, 2010

Muslim cleric abused girl, 12

http://www.birminghammail.net/news/birmingham-news/2010/12/08/aston-preacher-used-position-to-abuse-12-year-old-court-told-97319-27786158/

Aston preacher used position to abuse 12-year-old, court told
Dec 8 2010
by Ross McCarthy, Birmingham Mail
A BIRMINGHAM preacher used the power and influence he had over a young girl in order to rape her at his home, it has been claimed.

Yosef Solomon then tried to impose his will on the 12-year-old, who had found it difficult to resist him, by telling her it was their “secret,” a jury heard.

Solomon, aged 37, of Serpentine Road, Aston, has denied charges of rape and sexual assault.

John Attwood, prosecuting at Birmingham Crown Court, said the victim had been born outside the UK but had come to live here with her parents. She first met the defendant, who was married and a family man, at the church where he preached.

There came a time when the defendant’s wife had to go into hospital and he had asked whether the victim could help him look after his two daughters.

Mr Attwood said the girl’s mother respected Solomon, and let her daughter stay at the defendant’s home.

“He betrayed the trust that was placed in him,” said Mr Attwood.

(Proceeding)



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