Democrat And Muslim Activist Charged With Sexual Assault Of Mentally Handicapped Student


An employee at a Hamtramck charter school who is active in politics and community advocacy is out on bail after being charged with sexually assaulting a male student, police and prosecutors said. 

Ibrahim Aljahim, 37, of Hamtramck, was charged Sept. 21 with two counts of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree involving a victim who is mentally disabled, court records show. The victim is a teenage male, said Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy’s office on Thursday.

The morning of Sept. 18, officials at Oakland International Academy’s high school in Hamtramck on the corner of Florian and Lathem contacted Hamtramck Police, said the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office in a statement.

“While there, the officers investigated an allegation against Aljahim, who is employed as a student liaison with the school,” said the statement. “It is alleged that on September 18, 2019, Aljahim had inappropriate sexual contact with an 18-year-old male student on school property during school hours.”

Wayne County prosecutors said the victim was mentally disabled and that Aljahim was “in a position of authority over the victim.”

The school’s principal, Larry Cowger, said the alleged incident took place inside a vehicle and involved a sexual act.

Aljahim could not be reached for comment Thursday.

Aljahim is active in Arab American and Yemeni American community advocacy, often meeting with politicians and government officials. On Wednesday, he attended the rally with Bernie Sanders at a UAW picket line in Hamtramck.

“We’re at the Bernie Sanders rally to support UAW workers,” Aljahim said Wednesday in a video posted on his Facebook page.

On his social media pages, he has photos of himself with a range of elected officials and government leaders, including Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Hillary Clinton, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, State Rep. Issac Robinson, U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Dearborn, U.S. Rep. Andy Levin, D-Bloomfield Twp.

According to his Facebook page, he had worked as a public relations officer for the American Human Rights Council, an Arab American civil rights group in Dearborn. As of Thursday afternoon, that reference was removed from his page.

Aljahim was often quoted by media outlets on issues related to Hamtramck’s sizable Arab American and Muslim population.

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