LAW ENFORCEMENT SEEKS PUBLIC ASSISTANCE IDENTIFYING POTENTIAL ADDITIONAL VICTIMS OF FORMER IMAM CHARGED WITH MOLESTING

Case # 15CF0405

Date: March 26, 2015

LAW ENFORCEMENT SEEKS PUBLIC ASSISTANCE IDENTIFYING POTENTIAL ADDITIONAL VICTIMS OF FORMER IMAM CHARGED WITH MOLESTING TWO GIRLS UNDER AGE 14

SANTA ANA – The Orange County District Attorney’s Office and Santa Ana Police Department (SAPD) are seeking the public’s help in identifying potential additional victims of a former Imam charged with molesting two girls under the age of 14. Ahmad Henry Osman, 52, Tustin, is charged with two felony counts of performing lewd acts upon a child under the age of 14 with a sentencing enhancement allegation for multiple victims. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 50 years to life in state prison as well as mandatory lifetime sex offender registration. He is being held on $1 million bail and is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing tomorrow, March 27, 2015, at 8:30 a.m. in Department C-55, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

Osman is accused of violating his position of trust as an Imam at The Indo Chinese Islamic Center (IIC) in Santa Ana. The defendant is accused of teaching Koran classes at IIC and befriending the victims and their family members.

On or about Feb. 25, 2015, Osman is accused of entering a home where both victims were staying, under the guise of performing a daily prayer. He is accused of luring 9-year-old Jane Doe 1 into the room in which he was praying and performing lewd acts upon her.

On the same day, but at a later time, the defendant is accused of performing lewd acts upon 6-year-old Jane Doe 2.

Jane Doe 1 reported the crime to a family member and SAPD, who investigated this case and arrested the defendant the next day on Feb. 26, 2015.

The investigation in this case is ongoing. Anyone with additional information or who believes they have been a victim is encouraged to contact SAPD Investigator Rick Diaz at (714) 245-8412 or Supervising District Attorney Investigator Kelly Core at (714) 347-8794.

Deputy District Attorney Whitney Bokosky of the Sexual Assault Unit is prosecuting this case.