Hamtramck school worker charged with sex assault on student

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

Hamtramck — A student liaison at a charter school has been charged with sexually assaulting an 18-year-old male student, officials said.

Ibrahim Aljahim, 37, of Hamtramck, was arraigned Sunday in 34th District Court in Romulus on two counts of criminal sexual conduct, according to Hamtramck Police Chief Anne Moise and the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office. 


Officials said Aljahim was charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct involving someone who is mentally disabled. If convicted, he faces up to life in prison.

A judge set his bond at $10,000, Moise said in a statement. A probable cause conference has been scheduled for next Thursday and a preliminary examination of the case against him was set for Oct. 10 in the 31st District Court in Hamtramck, according to court records.

Moise said Aljahim was released after posting bond and further facts and evidence will be presented in court during the preliminary examination.

The chief said the alleged sexual assault on Sept. 18 happened in the area of Florian and Latham in Hamtramck. 

The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office said police were called to the Oakland International Academy, a charter school, to investigate allegations that Aljahim had inappropriate sexual contact with a male student on school property during school hours. 

No further information is being released at this time, officials said.

Meanwhile, Oakland International Academy officials Thursday sent a letter to parents about the allegations against Aljahim.

"We are dismayed to report that an 18-year old student at the High School has made a serious allegation against a staff member involving criminal sexual conduct," Larry Cowger, the academy's principal wrote in the letter. "We were the first to report this matter to the local police and have been actively involved in assisting with the investigation."

It also said: "We are shocked at the allegations, but would remind all students and parents that the alleged actions of this individual do not reflect the policies and values of Oakland International Academy.  We are committed to maintaining a safe campus for the protection of all students.  All staff members are expected to maintain a standard of care for the supervision, control, and protection of students."


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