Islamic leader pleads guilty to sex abuse charges

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ELGIN, Ill. — Mohammed Abdullah Saleem pleaded guilty to sexual assault charges Thursday after the 77-year-old founder of a northwest suburban Islamic school was accused of sexual abuse going back decades.

Saleem pled guilty to two counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse during a hearing in Cook County Court, officials said. He was charged with touching a 14-year-old student in his office dozens of times in 2015, as well as sexually assaulting a female staff member on several occasions between 2013 and 2014.

Five different people accused Saleem of decades of sexual abuse in February of 2015, and he was later arrested. After pleading guilty to these two recent charges, Saleem will serve two years of probation and must register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life.

The onetime founder of the Institute of Islamic Education is also to have no contact with the school or any contact with unrelated females under 18 without another adult present.