A Muslim worship leader is accused of raping a 12-year-old boy during visits to a mosque for religious lessons.
Mohammed Hanif Khan, 42, is alleged to have sexually assaulted the boy inside the Stoke on Trent mosque where he worked as the imam.
He is also charged with the attempted rape of and sexual activity with the boy’s cousin, who was 15 at the time, as he stayed over at his home one evening.
Khan, who appeared in front of Nottingham Crown Court wearing a black suit, white shirt and red tie, spoke only to confirm his name and to enter not guilty pleas to all eight charges against him.
Khan, from Sheffield, is charged with three counts of rape, four counts of attempted rape and one count of sexual activity with a child, all of which are alleged to have taken place on various dates between July 1, 2009 and October 16, 2009.
The court heard that the defendant asked the boy before the alleged abuse “Do you want some?” and when he replied in the negative, the defendant would say “For God’s sake, just say yes”‘
The defendant would request him to lay out his red prayer mat in a different part of the mosque. That is when the remaining prayer would be completed individually and not in congregation.
The prosecutor said the boy had spent the night at Khan’s home in July 2009 to help him pack prior to a house move.
It was as he was washing dishes that the defendant began to touch him in a sexual way around the groin, he said.
He is alleged to have told the boy: ‘Do you like this?’
The teenager, the prosecutor said, was in shock and did not know what to say and the defendant went upstairs.
Later that night, after Khan had shown the boy the room in which he would be sleeping, the boy found him lying on the bed and said Khan asked him for a massage.
He did what he was told, the prosecutor said, and the defendant then started to massage the youngster.
After producing a bottle of oil and rubbing it on the youngster’s bottom, the defendant then attempted to rape him, the prosecutor said.
When the boy objected the defendant stopped and left him alone, telling him the next morning that whatever happened and was said in the house should stay in the house.
The jury was told that the boy’s police interviews would be played to them through the course of the trial, as well as CCTV footage from inside the mosque.