Washington DC: Muslim Teacher Charged With Sexual Coercion Of Young Girls & Jihad Recruitment

He taught the Koran on weekends to children ages 5 to 16 at the First Hijrah Foundation in the District. Yes, of course, he was a Quran teacher. The devout teacher was following in the path of Muhammad, the “perfect model.”


By Rachel Weiner, Washington Post

A Maryland computer developer shared extremist propaganda with young students at a D.C. Islamic organization while engaging one in sexual conversations, according to prosecutors in Alexandria federal court.

Seitu Kokayi, 29, a District native, is charged only with coercion and enticement of a minor after exchanging sexual messages with a 15-year-girl. But prosecutors highlighted his interest in Islamic extremists while successfully arguing that he should remain incarcerated until his trial in April.


Kokayi, a married father, had worked as an IT content developer for the University of Maryland University College and taught the Koran on weekends to children ages 5 to 16 at the First Hijrah Foundation in the District, according to court filings. He no longer has either job, the documents state.

According to court documents, he told the FBI he expressed romantic feelings with one 15-year-old girl and began having sexual conversations with her over iPhone FaceTime. It was a “humongous mistake,” he told the agents, and a “bad choice.” Kokayi is accused of sending pornographic video to the girl but not of receiving any in return.

In arguing for his release Friday, Kokayi’s defense attorneys noted that no other alleged victims have been identified. But prosecutors produced evidence that Kokayi had been sharing extremist Islamic propaganda with the 15-year-old and other underage girls, including lectures by the deceased al-Qaeda recruiter Anwar al-Awlaki. He discussed religious martyrdom with one underage girl, according to prosecutors, and sent her a video called “The Role of Muslim Women,” which features female militants with automatic weapons.

Another teacher told FBI agents that Kokayi expressed interest in joining Islamic fighters overseas. A student told them he took students to play paintball in Virginia and insisted she join, saying she should learn to fight because “it could be important someday.” A decade ago, Brinkema oversaw a case involving men who trained for jihad by playing paintball in Virginia.

By Pamela Geller at Freedom Post