An imam at a mosque in Port Coquitlam is facing a charge of sexual assault over an alleged incident in June.
On Thursday, Coquitlam RCMP announced charges against Saadeldin Bahr, the imam and president of the Masjid Al-Hidayah and Islamic Cultural Centre located at 2626 Kingsway Ave.
In a press release, RCMP noted the charge was approved by Crown counsel on Sept. 11.
According to the release, in June, Coquitlam Mounties initiated an investigation into a report of a sexual assault at the mosque.
No other details about the alleged assault were given.
“Due to a publication ban ordered by the court to protect the identity of the victim, no further information can be released at this time,” the RCMP statement read.
However, the Coquitlam RCMP sex crimes unit continues to investigate the allegation against Bahr and has asked anyone with information that could advance the investigation to come forward.
“In addition, as there is a possibility of additional victims, investigators are encouraging anyone with information about other incidents to come forward,” the release said.
“All tips and information will be followed up.”
The Tri-Cities NOW asked Bahr Thursday about the allegations, but he declined to comment.
He is expected to make his first appearance in Port Coquitlam provincial court on Monday, Sept. 23.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Coquitlam RCMP sex crimes unit at 604-552-4335 and quote police file 2013-16651.
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