The search is on for a former teacher wanted in connection with the sexual abuse and rape of two female students at a private Islamic school in Florida.
Tariq Ahmad, 35, who worked at Nur-UI-Islam Academy in Davie, Fla., since August 2006, has been charged with five first degree counts after the alleged abuse which left one student needing “substantial surgical repair,” according to the Daily Mail.
“There was significant sexual abuse, intercourse and other inappropriate behavior such that one of the students had to have substantial surgical repair of that (private) area. It's horrific,” attorney Scott Mager said.
The Daily Mail notes that Ahmad’s LinkedIn profile says he recently served as the “head of high school” at the academy.
According to the attorneys, Ahmad would interact with the girls through text messages, social media and even code on classroom chalk boards to tell them when and where to meet him after school.
Police started investigating earlier this year, and he was fired in October after an arrest warrant was issued, the Sun Sentinel reports.
Mager claims the school knew about the alleged incidents, which happened between 2006 and 2008, but did nothing about them.
Pembroke Pines police said the girls only spoke out against Ahmad after years of therapy.
In a statement, the school said:
Recently, we have become aware of disturbing allegations regarding a former teacher of Nur-ul-Islam Academy. These allegations relate to alleged acts of the teacher six to eight years ago, which did not occur on the school's premise, concerning at least one former student of the Academy. Upon learning of these allegations, the Academy immediately suspended the teacher's employment, barred him from any further contact with Academy students and has since terminated his employment with the Academy. Although none of the acts are alleged to have occurred on the Academy's campus, such acts, if true, clearly violate the conduct policy of the Academy, along with being a gross dereliction of the high level of moral character the Academy expects from its faculty. The Academy's primary concern is to foster a safe and caring environment for all of its students, in which they can flourish personally and academically. The Academy, therefore, has undertaken a full review of its policies to determine what, if anything, needs to be done to further ensure the safety of our students. In the spirit of Islamic teachings, we offer prayers for the well-being of all our students, current and former.
Ahmad’s location is unknown at this time. He allegedly fled the jurisdiction after finding about his pending charges.
“There is an investigation, it's still an open case,” Sergeant Carlos Corretjer said.