Clerk charged with molesting girl at Detroit gas station
A Detroit gas station employee was charged with petting a 13-year-old girl who came into the store with her young brother to buy some snacks.
The 38-year-old clerk is accused of fondling her while telling the child to dance at the gas station in East Seven Mile and Hayes at around 7 p.m. on Sunday.
Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office said Faisel Al-Halemi of Hamtramck has been charged with two cases of fourth-degree criminal sexual behavior, each with a maximum sentence of up to two years in prison.
The police arrested the employee after the girl and her brother reported their fumbling to their mother.
Al-Halemi was charged Wednesday and given $ 75,000 personal bail. A plea of no guilty party was made in his name. Formal reading of the allegations against Al-Halemi, a married father of two, was waived at the request of his lawyer, Roger Farinha.
Farinha made no comment on Thursday.
The girl’s family has hired Southfield-based attorney Johnny Hawkins to possibly pursue a civil lawsuit. Hawkins said Thursday the girl was traumatized and would undergo a mental evaluation.
“The child is not doing well,” he said. “She is shocked by how he touched her and where he touched her.”
Hawkins said there is footage from the gas station of the alleged incident.
Al-Halemi will appear in court on May 19 for a conference on likely grounds.