Local religious instructor sentenced for sex abuse
A Washington County Judge sentenced a local religious instructor to 48 months in prison for sex abuse on Friday, Feb. 1, according to the Washington County District Attorney's Office.
Muhammad Laftah Hasan pleaded guilty to First Degree Attempted Sexual Abuse and Third Degree Sexual Abuse in January.
In 2017, the Tigard Police Department began investigating Hasan, who was running the American Islamic Center for the Holy Qur'an in Tigard at the time, after a parent contacted officers with concerns that her daughter was abused by Hasan, according to PIO Stephen Mayer.
Tigard PD Detective Kevin Dresser began investigating the case and determined the abuse began as early as 2016, according to Mayer. Detectives discovered a second victim who reported similar abuse by Hasan.
Hasan was arrested at his home in Corvallis in December of 2017.
"This case is a sobering reminder of the fact that adults will exploit positions of trust and authority in any context to gain access to children," Johnson said of Hasan's actions in a release from the DA's office. "The fact that these victims were able to come forward in this situation speaks to their courage. We know that most people will never be able to disclose a history of childhood sexual abuse at all, let alone at the hands of someone dearly loved and venerated in their community. Mr. Hasan's guilty plea and this sentence ensure the protection of children going forward and (it) serves as his public acknowledgement of guilt."
Hasan has worked with children across several communities in both Oregon and Washington, Mayer said.
"Investigators fear there could be additional victims who haven't yet come forward," he said. "Anyone with information about additional abuse should call law enforcement immediately."
Judge Sims also ordered Hasan to undergo 10 years of post-prison supervision, submit a DNA sample, register as a sex offender for life, pay more than $5,000 in restitution and to have no contact with minors except for his daughter, Mayer said. Hasan will also serve five years of probation on top of his prison sentence. He will be transferred to the Oregon Department of Corrections to begin serving his sentence.
By Olivia Singer
Reporter, Forest Grove News-Times and Hillsboro Tribune
Follow Olivia at @oliviasingerr
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