TORONTO – A day after being acquitted of sex-related charges, a former Toronto imam was arrested Wednesday for extradition to the United States.
Mohammad Masroor, 50, is wanted in Michigan and Florida on charges of criminal sexual contact with a person under 13, Toronto Police said.
“The offences are alleged to have occurred between 2000 and 2005,” police said Thursday.
Masroor was charged two years ago with sexually assaulting six people between November 2008 and July 2011. He was also charged with threatening death.
At the time of his 2011 arrest, Masroor was an imam teaching the Qur’an to children at an east-end mosque.
The allegations came as a shock to Muslim community members attending the mosque.
On Wednesday, after standing trial on seven sex-related charges, he was acquitted on all counts.
Masroor — of Bangladeshi origin — has been in Canada since 2008, police said.
Officers noted in 2011 that he had also been to a number of other places: Germany, Hungary, Sri Lanka, Singapore, France, Michigan and Florida.