Mohammed Tariq, an Afghan national, was convicted by a jury for the sexual abuse of a three-year-old girl in Quantico (Virginia) at a Marine Corps Refugee Camp.
A pair of Marines from the refugee camp saw Tariq kissing the child and touching him. When the child tried to get away from him, he continued “engage(ing) in sexual contact.”
The man and victim had both been evacuated during the Biden administration’s botched withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Tariq is facing a maximum sentence of life imprisonment and will be sentenced April 26th.
“People who come to our country seeking haven from tyranny and terrorism deserve to live here in safety,” said Jessica D. Aber, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, referencing the victim.
Court records show, according to the New York Post, that Tariq had argued to law enforcement that his actions were permissible as “part of his culture.”
A 3-year-old girl was abused by a Virginia refugee who fled Afghanistan. He tried to suppress the evidence in court. His defense said he’s completely illiterate & didn’t know what he was doing when he waived his Miranda rights. According to him, molestation was part of his culture. pic.twitter.com/tfk5C8EqCV
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) January 26, 2022
RELATED : Gov. Biden Demands That Refugee Resettlement Program Be Stopped After Afghan Evacuee Convicted of Sexual Assault
Afghan refugee is convicted for assaulting girl
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Tariq’s conviction for molesting a 3-year-old girl hasn’t been the only criminal issue to face a handful of Afghan refugees since the August withdrawal.
This past September, two Afghan refugees at Fort McCoy in Wisconsin were indicted for violent crimes – one for sexual assault of a minor, another for assaulting his spouse by strangling and suffocating her – that took place while they were living at the military base.
Afghan refugees at Fort McCoy face federal charges for alleged sex acts with minor and spousal abusehttps://t.co/KazWsQsEmS
— Wag the Poso 🐕 (@JackPosobiec) September 23, 2021
Zabihullah MOHMAND, a 19 year-old Afghan man placed in Montana by U.S. State Department was then arrested and accused of rape.
Mohmand maintains that the incident occurred consensually and he did not plead guilty to it in November.
Afghan refugee charged with rape in Montana, governor says, demanding resettlement halthttps://t.co/HEo7D0wmSM
— Fox News (@FoxNews) October 21, 2021
RELATED : Biden administration imports potential Afghan terrorists, predators into U.S.
Following the Mohmand charges, Montana Governor Greg Gianforte demanded a halt to the Biden administration’s resettlement program.
“I’m calling on President Biden to immediately halt resettlements to Montana until federal agencies provide me with adequate assurance that Afghans coming to Montana are fully-vetted in accordance with federal law,” Gianforte demanded.
NEW: Montana Gov. Gianforte’s office confirms that an Afghan refugee placed in Montana has been charged with sexual assault.
He calls on Biden admin to stop all resettlements until he is assured all Afghans are “fully vetted in accordance with federal law. pic.twitter.com/ejXV8ziLWq
— Adam Shaw (@AdamShawNY) October 21, 2021
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki insisted in the days after the withdrawal that “no one” is coming into the country without proper vetting.
“I can absolutely assure you that no one is coming into the United States of America who has not been through a thorough screening and background check process,” she said.
Questioned by CBS’s @EdOKeefe about the “concerns” surrounding the importance of thorough vetting for all Afghan refugees, Jen Psaki insists “that no one is coming into the United States of America who has not been through a thorough screening and background check process.” pic.twitter.com/FgJK0NWLFi
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) September 1, 2021
One simple question that could have been asked in the Tariq case was: Are you comfortable with minors being sexually assaulted?
Although individuals such as Tariq are being rescued in Afghanistan from the Taliban, the State Department says that only a few dozen Americans still remain under Taliban control.
A number that should be taken with a grain of salt, considering they claimed for weeks to have only left around 100 Americans behind when it turns out “479 Americans and 450 green-card holders” were aided by the Department since the evacuation according to the Post.