Head of Elgin Islamic school pleads not guilty to sex abuse charges

The longtime leader of a suburban Islamic school has been charged with sexual abuse. (WLS)

The founder of a suburban Islamic school has pleaded not guilty to new charges involving the sexual abuse of an employee.

Prosecutors allege that Mohammad Abdullah Saleem, 75, repeatedly hugged, touched and massaged a 22-year-old worker at the Institute of Islamic Education in Elgin last April.

Because of these charges, three other women joined a civil suit against Saleem.

One woman claims the imam molested her several times when she was a student 15 years ago.

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