Friday, June 18, 2010
Egyptian Imam accused of molestation to be deported
Yasser Mohamed Shahade, 35, in Hillsborough County Court, June 17, 2010.
Imam accused of molestation to be deported
Updated: Thursday, 17 Jun 2010, 3:43 PM EDT
Published : Thursday, 17 Jun 2010, 3:43 PM EDT
MyFoxTampaBay.com staff report
TAMPA - A Muslim imam accused of molesting a boy at a Tampa mosque pleaded guilty to a lesser charge, and will be deported.
Yasser Mohamed Shahade, 35, pleaded guilty to lewd and lascivious molestation.
He was initially charged with sexual battery on a 13-year-old boy.
Prosecutors said the incident took place last year during an overnight stay at the mosque. At the time, police released few details about the boy's condition. They said the boy's family called the police after the boy spent the night at the mosque.
Thursday, the judge sentenced Shahade to ten years of probation, and labeled him a sex offender.
Shahade is in the United States on a visa, and is now set to be deported back to Egypt.