A Minnesota Middle School Principal Was Busted In An Underage Sex Sting
On Tuesday of this week, several police agencies in the Twin Cities were part of an undercover sting operation to arrest people who were trying to meet up with minors for sex. Four men were arrested three of them were booked and released and one person 38-year-old Mohamed Ali Selim was arrested and is being held at The Hennepin County Jail.
Salim is the Principal at the Eagle Ridge Middle School in Savage Minnesota. Officers in the sting operation placed several ads on a variety of websites offering prostitution services. Selim responded to one of the ads not realizing it was an undercover officer posing as a 15-year-old girl.
According to a statement from the police says that Selim tried to set up a time to meet with the undercover officer posing as the girl. When she said again that she was only fifteen he initially said "OK That's fine" He went on to say that her age made him nervous but he still wanted to meet so they "could spend some time together."
When Selim arrived for the meeting with the supposed fifteen-year-old girl and was arrested he became very distraught and said his life is over. He is scheduled to make his next court appearance on Friday, May 20.
According to KSTP here is the statement from the school district:
As you may have seen in media reports, Principal Mohamed Selim has been arrested on suspicion of prostitution involving a minor and a charging decision is expected today. Although the district cannot share private personnel information, it can confirm that Mr. Selim will not be at work at this time. Following these upsetting allegations, the district’s immediate and primary concern is for the well-being of our students. Based on the information the district has seen so far, there’s no indication that District 191 students are involved. The district will cooperate with law enforcement as they investigate and will take appropriate actions as dictated by district policies and procedures.
This is a hard day for the school and for the district,’ said Superintendent Theresa Battle. ‘It will be difficult for all of us to process this. At the same time, we will continue our
commitment to providing a high quality education and experience for students as we finish the school year.’
Counselors and support will be available for students and staff who may need to talk to someone. If family members or students have concerns or questions, they can also contact the school directly. Associate Principal Bill Heim will serve as acting principal.