Teacher from private Islamic school in Mississauga charged with sexual assault

The 41-year-old teacher from Safa & Marwa Islamic School was arrested on Friday following a complaint to Peel police.

Teacher from Safa & Marwa Islamic School arrested on Friday following complaint to police

A 41-year-old teacher at Safa & Marwa Islamic School, shown here, has been charged with sexual assault and sexual exploitation.

A teacher from a private Islamic school in Mississauga has been charged with sexual assault.

The 41-year-old teacher from Safa & Marwa Islamic School was arrested on Friday following a "complaint," said Const. Rachel Gibbs. 

Gibbs would not confirm who made the complaint to police. Nor would she say whether the alleged sexual assault involved a student at the school to protect the individual's identity "because of the nature of the offences."

Teacher no longer employed by school

Safa & Marwa Islamic School, located at 5550 McAdam Road, is a private elementary and secondary school that is not affiliated with the Peel District School Board or the Peel Catholic District School Board.

The school's principal, Elham Abdel-hamid, released a statement on Sunday saying "allegations of sexual assault were leveled" against the teacher this week. The teacher was "immediately suspended."

As a result of the charges, the statement continues, the teacher "is no longer an employee of Safa & Marwa Islamic School, effective immediately."

Alleged sexual assault not on school property

"Please note that all allegations made against the teacher are regarding incidents that occurred outside of school hours and not on school property," Abdel-hamid said in the statement.

Gibbs confirmed the alleged sexual assault didn't happen at the school.

Support staff will be available on Monday to support students, according to the school's statement.

"We have clear policies and procedures that ensure the safety of our students and provide a secure learning environment," said Abdel-hamid.

Anyone with information is asked to call investigators at the 12 Division, Criminal Investigation Bureau (905) 453-2121, ext. 1233 or anonymously by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).