A Cook County grand jury on Wednesday handed down an eight-count indictment against a prominent religious leader on charges of sex abuse and battery of a female school employee.
Mohammad Abdullah Saleem, 75, appeared in a Rolling Meadows courtroom filled with his supporters. The prominent Islamic scholar head of the popular Institute of Islamic Education in Elgin posted a $25,000 bond last month and remains free.
His attorneys, Raymond Wigell and Uma Rashid, entered a plea of not guilty.
"My client is holding up quite well," said Wigell. "This is a big stress on him. He is a 75-year-old man. We are not in a hurry with this case. We want to do it right, but the judge is holding our feet to the fire and making us do work in an expeditious manner."
Saleem also faces a civil lawsuit in connection with the case. His next court date was scheduled for May 19.