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Concerns were raised to mosque years before youth volunteer was arrested, accused of molesting boys

10 Investigates uncovered red flags were raised about Ehab Ghoneim for years, but he was given access to children anyway.

Jenna Bourne (WTSP)

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Published: 4:27 PM EDT May 24, 2022
Updated: 11:33 PM EDT May 24, 2022

A youth program volunteer at a Tampa mosque made headlines when he was arrested last year and accused of molesting boys. 

10 Investigates kept digging over the past 10 months. We found that leadership at the Islamic Society of the Tampa Bay Area was told in 2017 and again in 2020 about accusations that Ehab Ghoneim had inappropriate contact with boys in another state. 

The mosque let him keep volunteering with kids, anyway. 

“We have nothing to hide,” Islamic Society of the Tampa Bay Area administrator Mohamed Aqqad told 10 Investigates. 

Seven boys have now come forward to Pinellas Park Police saying Ghoneim molested them. 

One of them is speaking publicly for the first time. 

“I have given him 11 years, you know? Zip. No one’s heard of me. I haven’t said anything,” said Ghoneim’s nephew Nour Elsayed. “I want the public to know that he 100% touched me.” 

Graphic Content Warning: This story includes accusations of childhood sexual abuse.

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