UCF grad pleads not guilty to pedophilia charges
July 27 editor's note: Of the 101 arrested, 22 were arrested after traveling to a location to have sex with who they believed to be a child, while 79 were arrested on charges related to prostitution, according to a Lake County Sheriff's Office statement.
After bonding out of jail for $100,000, UCF graduate Ahmad Saleem pleaded not guilty to felony charges of pedophilia.
The former president of UCF's Muslim Student Association issued a waiver of personal appearance for two June arraignments and issued a written plea June 2. According to court documents, two installments of $50,000 were issued for Saleem's release May 26.
Lake County Clerk of Courts Division Supervisor Walter Forgie doesn't expect Saleem's trial to begin for another six months, although a third felony arraignment is scheduled for July 27. Forgie said he's almost certain Saleem will not be present, as he was appointed representative by council and can therefore waive personal appearance.
Saleem, the former Orlando regional director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, was one of 101 arrested during a Lake County online child sex sting. He was arrested after attempting to meet with whom he thought was a 12-year-old girl.
The Lake County Sheriff's Office Special Investigation Bureau and Polk County Sheriff's Office, with support from Mount Dora and Clermont Police Departments, conducted the two-week long joint undercover operation targeting those who prey on children online, as well as prostitution crimes, according to an LCSO statement.
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