Mohammed Omar Ali

Mohammed Omar Ali

A Houston man has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for using his position as an Islamic religious teacher to sexually abuse three children, according to the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office.

A Fort Bend County jury late last month found Mohammed Omar Ali, 61, guilty of aggravated sexual assault of a child and two counts of indecency with a child in connection to the sexual abuse of multiple children in the county’s Somali community, according to a news release.

Ali between 2013 and 2019 used his position teaching children about the Quran to sexually abuse multiple children, according to the news release.

Investigators found Ali abused some children during instruction, while some fell outside instruction as well, said Wesley Wittig, executive assistant district attorney. 

After the jury found Ali guilty on all three charges, he opted to have a judge assess his punishment, court records show. A judge sentenced Ali to 35 years in prison for aggravated sexual assault and 10 years for each of the indecency of a child charges, but the sentences will run concurrently.

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