Prayer leader pleads not guilty to sex abuse

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A prayer leader at the Islamic and Culture Center Bosniak in Des Moines has pleaded not guilty to sexual abuse charges.

The Des Moines Register reports (http://dmreg.co/186TvMH ) that 40-year-old Nermin Spahic waived his right to an initial appearance and entered the plea Thursday.

Johnston police arrested Spahic last week after a 42-year-old woman and her 18-year-old daughter told police he had abused them during a religious ritual at their home.

Spahic later denied sexually abusing them.

He was charged with sex abuse and sexual exploitation by clergy.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

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