Swimming pool

If you think Muslim sex attacks at public swimming pools are only happening in Europe, think again.

In Lowell, Massachusetts, a 22-year-old Syrian refugee, Emad Hasso, has been arrested after being accused of inappropriately touching a 13-year-old girl at a public swimming pool. Hasso has been in the United States only two months.

On Friday, Hasso was ordered held on $25,000 cash bail by the Lowell District Court after pleading not guilty to one count of indecent assault and battery on a child under 16. Hasso spoke through an interpreter.

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Prosecutor Sam Miller reported on Thursday the 13-year-old girl said a man approached her, touched her upper thigh and asked her age. The girl told him she was too young for him and walked away. Hasso then allegedly followed the girl around the pool. While swimming, he again approached her, touched her upper thigh and asked her age. Miller said the girl responded that she was a “little kid, leave me alone.” At that point other people at the pool, including the lifeguard, saw some of the interaction between Hasso and the alleged victim and intervened.

Defense attorney William Kittredge reports Hasso speaks little English, and he receives assistance from the International Institute of New England, a nonprofit group which offers resources and information to immigrants and refugees. The organization has an office in Lowell, which is 25 miles north of Boston.

Emad Hasso

Emad Hasso

Hasso told Kittredge he may have “accidentally bumped” the girl while swimming in the pool, but denies he inappropriately touched her or spoke to her.

The girl’s mother was granted a harassment order on behalf of her daughter. During the hearing, Hasso used an interpreter to tell the judge, “First of all, I don’t speak the language and I haven’t spoke to her.”

Fortes ordered that Hasso have no contact with anyone under 16, except for family members, to stay away from the victim, the public pool and all Massachusetts State Department of Conservation and Recreation properties.

Judge Stacy Fortes set the bail over the defense attorney’s objections, because Hasso’s only ties to this country are his family members with whom he lives. Hasso is scheduled for a pretrial conference on July 29.

Pamela Geller, president of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) and Stop Islamization of America (SIOA), said: “It would be religiously insensitive of us to expect Muslim migrants to abandon the Quran’s teachings about how Muslim men may treat infidel women. This little girl is fair game. Emad Hasso is behaving in accordance with Shariah teachings about how infidel women can be treated. Other swimmers saw the attack and intervened. When charged, Hasso knew enough to lie and deny. The prophet would be proud.”

On June 2, three Muslim refugee boys from Sudan and Iraq were accused of raping a 5-year-old special-needs girl at athe Fawnbrook Apartments in Twin Falls, Idaho. The boys stripped her, urinated on her and one of  boys, age 7,  allegedly urinated in her mouth while the oldest boy, 14, filmed the entire incident.

WND has covered the Twin Falls incident in depth with five stories over the past month, including how the community is rising up against the continued influx of refugees. A group of Twin Falls residents marched through the Fawnbrook Apartments Saturday to show their support for the little girl and her family.

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Ninety-seven percent of the more than 7,000 Syrians already resettled in the U.S. since the start of the Syrian civil war have been Sunni Muslim, and less than 2 percent have been Christian, even though Christians are the most persecuted minority in Syria.

Since Oct. 1, 2015, just over 5,200 Syrian refugees have been delivered to U.S. cities and towns. That’s a little over half of the 10,000 Syrians that the Obama administration has promised the United Nations he would accept in fiscal 2016, which ends on Sept. 30. He has less than three months remaining to bring in the remaining 4,800.

Muslim sex attacks at public swimming pools in Europe are so frequent that Muslims have been banned in multiple areas, including all of Austria

In May, a 20-year-old Afghan migrant was arrested after sexually assaulting a six-year-old boy in the changing room of a Munich sports hall.

Sweden is at the top of the EU’s statistics on physical and sexual violence against women, sexual harassment and stalking. A police report stated unequivocally that it is “asylum-seeker boys” and “foreign men” who commit the vast majority of the reported crimes.

Just last weekend five rapes and 40 cases of “severe groping” were reported to police at a free concert in Karlstad, Sweden.

WND staffer Patrice Lewis contributed to this report

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