Wellingborough Imam sexually assaulted two children

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An Imam from Wellingborough has been found guilty of sexually assaulting two children while he was employed to teach them about the Koran.

Abdul Matin, 41, of Albert Road, abused two youngsters under the age of 13 during lessons paid for by their parents, Northampton Crown Court heard.

He denied seven sexual assaults committed over a year, from January 2007.

Judge Michael Fowler warned Matin he could be jailed.

'Above suspicion'

He touched the children sexually, kissed them, and forced one of them on to his lap.

Police were first alerted to the case after one of the children told a school teacher about the classes.

Matin, who came to Britain from Bangladesh in 2004, had constantly denied the claims and said the children had invented the allegations.

Rebecca Herbert, prosecuting, said: "You would take your opportunities to grope them."

Speaking in Bengali, Matin replied: "God forbid, that never happened."

Ms Herbert said: "You thought you would be completely above suspicion, you thought you could get away with it, get away with touching these (children)"

Judge Fowler warned him that the age of the children and the period over which the offences took place were potentially aggravating features.

Matin was bailed and will be sentenced next month.

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