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05/16/10: Mna, 23, assaults girl, 15

Muscatine Journal

Melissa Regennitter
Posted: Tuesday, April 13, 2010 10:18 am

MUSCATINE, Iowa — Jury selection lasted all day Monday in the kidnapping and sexual-abuse case against Waddah Ibrahim Moghram. There were 73 potential jurors called. A handful were dismissed and the remaining group was asked to return today at 9 a.m. to continue the selection.

Moghram, 23, of Muscatine, is charged with felony first-degree kidnapping and two counts of second-degree sexual abuse for allegedly kidnapping a 15-year-old girl and forcing her to have sex.

Moghram and the girl met on an Internet chat site and scheduled a meeting on Aug 12, 2009, at a Grandview park. The girl told authorities that Moghram forced her to leave the park with him. A sheriff’s deputy found them together the same night in a restroom at Saulsbury Recreation Area.

He pleaded not guilty and is being held in the Muscatine County Jail on $750,000 bond.

Monday Moghram sat quietly taking notes beside his attorney Murray bell of Davenport. Muscatine Assistant County Attorneys Alan Ostergren and Korie Shippee are prosecuting the case.

District judge James E. Kelley is presiding. Kelley said the trial will likely last the rest of the week and possibly in to next week.

Moghram faces life in prison on the first-degree kidnapping charge and up to 25 years on both of the sexual-abuse charges.