An executive director for the American Muslim Youth Leadership Council in Osceola County has been arrested after an investigation showed he inappropriately touched a 15-year-old girl multiple times.
Imam Helmi Motasim Agha, also known as Imam Abufarah, was arrested Wednesday.
Investigators said representatives in the Muslim community reached out to them after they became suspicious.
When detectives reached out to the victim and her family, they said she told them she had been participating in youth activities at the American Muslim Youth Leadership Council's Kissimmee headquarters on U.S. Highway 192 for several years.
The victim said in November, she fainted and was taken to Abufarah's office, where he inappropriately touched her several times while the two were alone. That continued over the next few weeks, and the victim told detectives she was very confused and afraid to tell anyone.
Detectives attempted to contact Abufarah, but said he refused to cooperate. Continuing to investigate with the help of local Muslim leaders, detectives obtained a felony warrant this week.
Abufarah turned himself in Wednesday afternoon. He was charged with 12 counts of lewd and lascivious molestation and booked into the Osceola County Jail.
A judge Thursday set Abufarah's bond at $300,000.