Eden Prairie wrestling coach charged with sexual assault of young student

The girl started training with the coach when she was 9 years old.
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A wrestling coach from Burnsville has been charged with sexually assaulting one of his young students in Eden Prairie.

The charge of 2nd-degree criminal sexual conduct against Mustafa Shabazz, 43, were announced on Wednesday by Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman.

Shabazz was an assistant wrestling coach at Eden Prairie High School in 2018-19, though the school district has said the assault didn't involve a student from the district, nor did it happen during school events.

Shabazz's alleged victim was a young girl who started training with him at the age of 9 in early 2018, but in spring 2019 after recovering from an injury, she refused to return to wrestling.

She told a friend and then her parents several months later that Shabazz had touched her inappropriately.

"The girl told investigators that Shabazz would touch her genitals over her clothes while demonstrating wrestling moves," the Hennepin County Attorney's Office said. "He told her it was an accident but it kept happening over the months she was there."

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It sparked an investigation by police in Eden Prairie and Shakopee, who also found another young girl who reported Shabazz would give her "tight hugs and caress her back while they were at wrestling tournaments around the state," actions that made her uncomfortable.

This girl later told police Shabazz had also touched her genitals over her clothing.

Shabazz resigned after he was questioned about the girl's allegation by an administrator of the wrestling program.

Prosecutors will seek an aggravated sentence against Shabazz as he held a position of authority over his victim.

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