Imam guilty or rape and sexual activity

01/02/2011

Today at Nottingham Crown Court, Mohammed Hanif Khan, 42, was found guilty of two counts of rape and one count of sexual activity on two young boys in 2009.

Don Knapper, District Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in Staffordshire, said: "This is a case of abuse on young boys by a man whom they and their families trusted. 

"Khan was in a position of trust and exploited the access he was afforded as their teacher to abuse the boys.

"Khan protested his innocence throughout the court proceedings; however the jury disbelieved this and accepted the prosecution case.

"The Crown Prosecution Service has worked closely with Staffordshire Police throughout this case, from the giving of initial advice to the Police when the allegations were made, through the preparation of the case papers, to the presentation of the case in court. I would like to thank the Police for the thoroughness of their investigation, which has enabled the case to be robustly and successfully prosecuted.

"Our thoughts are of course with the victims and their families at this time and hope that today's conviction will help them come to terms with what has happened to them."