Coquitlam RCMP say the Imam of a Port Coquitlam mosque has now been charged with one count of sexual assault.
Police initiated an investigation back in June after they received a report of a sexual assault that allegedly occurred at the Masjid Al-Hidayah and Islamic Cultural Centre, located at 2626 Kingsway Avenue in Port Coquitlam.
On Wednesday, September 11, Crown approved the charge of sexual assault against the mosque’s Imam, Saadeldin Bahr. The Imam is the senior leader at the mosque.
Police say Bahr often refers to himself, and is known in the community as Dr. Saad. He will be making his first court appearance in Port Coquitlam Provincial Court on Monday, September 23.
Bahr’s defence lawyer Lisa Jan Helps told Global News: “Mr. Bar has no comment at this time but we have every faith in the justice system.”
The Coquitlam RCMP Sex Crimes Unit continues to investigate the current allegation against Bahr and is interested in hearing from anyone who has information that could advance the investigation.
Police also say there is a possibility of additional victims, and investigators are encouraging anyone with information about other incidents to come forward. All tips and information will be followed up.
Information about the current allegation or other incidents involving Bahr can be passed on directly to Corporal Fox, Coquitlam RCMP Sex Crimes Unit at 604-552-4335. Quote police file 2013-16651.
Coquitlam RCMP Victim Services Unit is also available to provide victim support and guidance, and can be reached at 604-945-1585.
Police say 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.