20 June 2022

Former childcare worker to fight allegations he abused three children

| Albert McKnight

Muhammad Ali, 28, runs across London Circuit to escape media waiting outside the courts on Monday. Photo: Albert McKnight.

CONTENT WARNING: This article discusses allegations of abuse against children.

A former childcare worker will fight charges alleging he indecently or physically abused three children.

Muhammad Ali was 28 years old when he was arrested in late May before he appeared in the ACT Magistrates Court on Monday (20 June).

His lawyer, Tim Sharman, said he would plead not guilty to all charges, being two counts of committing an act of indecency against a child under 10 as well as a single count of common assault.

Magistrate Robert Cook continued the Scullin man’s bail and adjourned the matter to 29 August for a pre-hearing mention.

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Originally, ACT Policing had alleged Mr Ali indecently assaulted two children and physically assaulted a third while working at a childcare facility.

“In May 2022, police received reports from two parents regarding alleged indecent assaults that had been committed against their children while attending a Canberra day-care facility,” police alleged.

Muhammad Ali, 28, had his bail continued on Monday. Photo: Albert McKnight.

Police began an investigation and arrested Mr Ali on 29 May. They said his employment at the childcare facility had been terminated.

If this story has raised any concerns for you, 1800RESPECT, the national 24-hour sexual assault, family and domestic violence counselling line, can be contacted on 1800 737 732. Help and support are also available through the Canberra Rape Crisis Centre on 6247 2525, the Domestic Violence Crisis Service ACT on 6280 0900 and Lifeline on 13 11 14. In an emergency, call 000.

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