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Youth wrestling coach accused of sexually assaulting girl

April 29, 2020 GMT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a youth wrestling coach with sexually assaulting a young girl he coached in Eden Prairie.

Mustafa Shabazz, 43, of Burnsville, was charged Tuesday in Hennepin County with one count of second-degree sexual assault.

The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office said the girl was 9 when she began wrestling with Shabazz as her coach in early 2018 in Eden Prairie. After she recovered from an injury, the girl refused to return to wrestling the following spring.

A spokesman for Eden Prairie Schools tells the Star Tribune that Shabazz was an assistant wrestling coach at Eden Prairie High School for the 2018-2019 season, but that the alleged assault did not involve a student from the district or happen at a school-sponsored event.

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The district has received no complaints about Shabazz’s time as a coach at the high school.

According to the criminal complaint, the girl told a friend and her parents that Shabazz assaulted her. She told an investigator that Shabazz touched her “numerous” times while demonstrating wrestling moves, and that he claimed the incidents were accidents.

Shabazz was charged by summons and is due in court June 1. A home telephone listing for Shabazz could not be found, and court records do not list an attorney who could comment for him.