Paedophile hunters have released footage which shows a respected imam allegedly trying to meet a 15-year-old boy for sex after grooming him with offers of money on a gay dating app.
The married father-of-five was snared by the vigilante group outside an address in Flixton, Greater Manchester, and was accused of traveling nearly an hour in the car to abuse the boy while his mother was at work.
‘Justice Will Be Served’ posed as a young boy on Grindr and filmed their encounter with the 45-year-old, who a mosque in Blackburn, Lancashire.
The man squirms as he is read messages which he allegedly sent to who he thought was the boy, but was in fact the paedophile hunters. He allegedly asked the boy ‘how much’ he wanted to perform a sex act after contacting the account on the gay dating app.
While planning the meeting online, he allegedly said he would bring a folder so he could claim he was there for a work appointment if anybody became suspicious.
When confronted by the group, the accused denied the accusations leveled against him but admitted he ‘could get killed’ because homosexuality is ‘against his religion’.
The man has been suspended from his role at the mosque, which it is claimed he held for more than 20 years, with a police investigation now underway.
The footage which shows the confrontation was posted onto Facebook Live yesterday and has been viewed more than 140,000 times.
As he is interrogated by the paedophile hunters, the accused tries desperately to cover his face with a scarf.
One of the hunters asks: ‘So, you’re a Muslim and it’s against your religion. Is it against your religion to be a homosexual?’
He replies: ‘Yes, it is. I could get killed.’
The hunter says: ‘There’s nothing wrong with being homosexual, no. But you’re saying to me it’s against your religion to be homosexual. So, you do know it’s wrong to meet, especially a child.’
Covering his mouth with his hand, he says: ‘I would get killed.’
The accused then tries to roll up his car window and tries to grab his keys but is stopped by the group who wedge the door open.
Messages which the man allegedly sent to the made-up boy are read aloud, with one of the hunters asking: ‘You keep asking me how much I want for sex. “Need to know how much you want.” They’ve replied back, saying: “I don’t know, we can discuss that when you get here.”‘
One of the paedophile hunters confronts the man, who allegedly sent messages to a young boy