Skip to main content

A middle school principal in the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage District is facing a felony prostitution charge after an undercover sting allegedly caught him attempting to buy sex from a minor. 

Mohamed Ali Selim, 38, is the principal of Eagle Ridge Middle School in Savage. 

According to charges filed in Hennepin County District Court, Selim allegedly drove to St. Louis Park on Tuesday to hire a 15-year-old girl for sex. 

Authorities allege Selim responded to a commercial sex advertisement placed online by investigators and began a text conversation with an undercover officer. 

According to charges, Selim wrote he would "love to come see" her and asked to meet the same day. 

The undercover officer provided rates of $250 per hour, $175 for a half-hour and "extra for upgrades" and Selim indicated he'd meet for a half-hour.

Mohamed Selim started his role at the beginning of this school year.

Mohamed Selim started his role at the beginning of this school year.

In a recorded phone conversation, Selim allegedly asked what the "session was like" and if it was "full service." The officer, posing as the child, told Selim, "I'm 15, but it's not a problem for me if you're fine with it." 

According to charges, Selim laughed and said "ok, that's fine," and then asked, "so, you're 15?" 

Selim then stated she was too young and it wasn't going to work, charges state, but then asked where she was located. 

Selim said that her age "made him really nervous," charges state, and asked if she was affiliated with the police but he would still come see her so they could "spend some time together." 

After hanging up the phone, Selim sent a message reading "let me know if I can come see you now. Please send me the address." 

Selim was given the address being used by law enforcement in St. Louis Park. 

When he arrived, he messaged to say he was there, tried to call and asked if the girl had an "in-call", a commonly used term for a place patrons meet prostitutes. 

Selim drove to a location where he'd been told to pick up the girl and was placed under arrest. He had $200 in cash on him at the time.

According to charges, he was "distraught" and made comments that his life and career was over. 

The St. Louis Park, Bloomington, Eden Prairie and Edina police departments, along with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA), Southwest Hennepin Drug Task Force, Minnesota Human Trafficking Investigators Task Force and Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office participated in the operation.

On Thursday, Savage Police Det. Sgt. Mike Schiltz said the Savage Police Department is unaware of any complaints or allegations related to Selim occurring within the city. 

According to the district, associate principal Bill Heim will serve as Eagle Ridge's acting principal and counselors and additional support are available for staff and students. 

Selim, a father-of-two, lives in Lakeville and became principal of Eagle Ridge at the beginning of the current school year. Before that, he was principal at William Byrne Elementary in Burnsville, where he won a districtwide award for leadership. 

“This is a hard day for the school and for the district,” Superintendent Dr. Theresa Battle said in a statement. “It will be difficult for all of us to process this. At the same time, we will continue our commitment to providing a high quality education and experience for students as we finish the school year.” 

Selim remains in custody in the Hennepin County Jail. His bail is set at $100,000. He is due to make his first court appearance Friday.

Next Up

Melvin Carter

St. Paul plans to extend $500 payments to low-income families

The expansion would give more than 300 families a monthly payment of $500.

16362 County Rd 81, Maple Grove, Minnesota - October 2021 (4)

Use of car seat in crash that killed child still under investigation

The mother of the child was treated for injuries not considered to be life-threatening.

Screen Shot 2022-06-29 at 4.53.56 PM

Abortion-rights protestors clash with driver in downtown Duluth

Police say they've cleared the driver of any wrong-doing.

Delta

Report: Hundreds of Delta flights for holiday weekend don't have pilots

It could be a brutal travel weekend due to major staffing issues at Delta.

image

Animal Humane Society plans trailblazing new campus

Take a look inside the plans for a first-of-its-kind adoption center and animal care campus.

syphilis

Minnesota reports 'concerning level' of syphilis cases

The Minnesota Department of Health says most of the cases are being discovered in the northern part of the state.

Flickr - police lights squad siren - Edward Kimmel

Airport police intercept 5,600 fentanyl pills headed to St. Cloud

Three were arrested following a police raid in St. Cloud.

covid

Minnesota switches to weekly COVID updates

The weekly updates will be provided on Thursdays.

Screen Shot 2022-06-29 at 12.22.08 PM

Man shot inside Oakdale movie theater expected to survive

The 23-year-old victim underwent surgery and is recovering at the hospital.

monkeypox

Minnesota confirms second case of monkeypox virus

More cases are expected in the coming days and weeks, the health department says.

Related

Eagle Ridge Middle School

Middle school principal charged with soliciting minor resigns

District leaders have announced the school's next principal.

Mohamed Jama Ismail

MN man tied to Feeding Our Future probe charged with passport fraud

Mohamed Jama Ismail was arrested on Wednesday by FBI agents on the jetway after boarding an international flight.

Redtail Ridge Elementary

Sunbather on the roof triggers shelter-in-place at Savage elementary school

The sunbather told police he was trying to "tan and relax."

Pixabay - laptop computer dark screen

Undercover child sex sting sees 4 men arrested in St. Louis Park

One of the men is being held as he's in a position of authority of power over children.

Arianna Vos

Charges: Driver was drunk, high in head-on crash that killed 19-year-old woman

The young woman killed in the crash was a college student studying zoology.

Portillo's Maple Grove

Charges: Blaine man left gun on toilet paper dispenser in Portillo's bathroom

The 78-year-old Blaine man is charged negligent storage of a firearm.