November 29, 2018

 

Faruque Ahmed, child molester

 

An Islamic tutor has been jailed for 14 years for sexually abusing two young girls during home study sessions.

Faruque Ahmed was employed to teach the sisters Arabic during two-hour lessons held every weekend at their home in the Black Country.

But over the two-year period, the 46-year-old routinely sexually assaulted the youngsters underneath the marble dining room table around which the classes were held on Saturdays and Sundays between 2009 and 2011.

The young girls kept quiet about the abuse – until one of the sisters told an NHS mental health nurse about the offences in September 2016.

A specially trained Public Protection Officer from West Midlands Police then spoke to the younger girl and uncovered the extent of Ahmed’s abuse.

She disclosed how Ahmed, a Imam living in Stoke, regularly touched her between the legs – and told how she would be struck with a bamboo cane if she resisted.

Ahmed was arrested in February 2017 and in interview he admitted tutoring the two girls but denied ever assaulting them.

He was charged with multiple counts of sexual touching a child and sexual assault of a child.

He was jailed for 14 years having been found guilty on 10 of the 13 counts against him at Wolverhampton Crown Court on Friday.

He was also given a sexual harm prevention order – preventing him from working with children – and will be on the sex offenders register for the rest of his life.

Detective Constable Sarah West, from West Midlands Police’s Child Abuse Unit, said: “Both victims want to raise awareness within their community and to urge anyone who’s suffered abuse to speak out.

“They know first-hand how victims can feel pressured to remain silent – that by reporting offences it somehow brings shame on the family – but they recognise now that by doing so it allows offenders to continue offending and puts other children at risk.

“The girls have now got justice for the horrible abuse inflicted on them by Ahmed and are getting the support they need to move on with their lives… and they want other survivors of abuse to do the same.

“They felt powerless to speak at the time, they were scared young girls, confused, and didn’t really know what was happening. They had never had any sex education discussions either with their parents or at school.

“One of the girls described how it was surreal at the time – whilst abusing them under the table he would continue teaching Arabic, he was very calm and natural so no-one would realise there was anything untoward going on.

“With the passing of time, though, it’s become clear to them that they were being abused by a sexual predator – and they have now found the courage to speak out to get justice and potentially spared other girls the trauma of suffering at his hands.