ALEXANDRIA -- The director of a Saudi government-funded Islamic school has been arrested and charged with failing to report a child abuse allegation, adding to scrutiny of the northern Virginia academy as protesters came out Tuesday to call for a federal investigation of its teachings.
Abdalla I. Al-Shabnan, director of the Islamic Saudi Academy, was also charged with obstruction of justice, according to a police report about the June 9 arrest. The misdemeanor counts come at a time when the private school is under heavy criticism from a federal commission and others over textbooks that allegedly teach violence and hate.
...Al-Shabnan's arrest came after police alleged he covered up an incident in which a 5-year-old girl attending the school reported that she was being sexually abused by her father.
According to court papers, Al-Shabnan, 52, of McLean, told police that he didn't believe the girl, and advised the girl's parents to put her into counseling.
But state law requires school authorities to report alleged child abuse within 72 hours of learning of the allegation. Al-Shabnan is free pending trial.
Police said in court papers that Al-Shabnan ordered a written report about the girl's complaint, which had been prepared by other school officials, to be deleted from a school computer.
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The school's lease was renewed unanimously by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors recently for one year. Chairman (and Dhimmicrat Candidate for the 11th Congressional seat) Gerry Connolly called opponents of extending the lease bigots and was rude toward them at a May 19th town meeting. A phone call to his office last Friday indicated no willingness to apologize to those Connolly smeared.
Could Connolly's attitude, as Cal Thomas asks, be related to a $2.2 million check he received from the Saudi Embassy to extend the lease?
Follow the money.