A former groundskeeper at a Brentwood mosque was arrested Wednesday and charged with inappropriate contact with two teenage girls, police said.
Syed Ali Naqvi, 70, whose last known home was on the grounds of the Islamic Center of Suffolk County, was charged with forcible touching, endangering the welfare of a child, and menacing, Suffolk police said.
Det. Sgt. William Rand said rumors about Naqvi that were first brought to the attention of Brentwood High School officials led to an investigation this week by Third Squad detectives. Four or five teenage girls, who are not of the Muslim faith, came in contact with Naqvi, beginning in September, when they were walking home from school, Rand said.
"He would provide them with money, food and gifts," Rand said. "One girl received an iPod, and another a laptop."
In November, Naqvi showed a 16-year-old a pornographic video, and touched her inappropriately, police said. On another occasion in November, he asked a 15-year-old to watch a pornographic video and tried to hug her, police said.
Naqvi has a prior arrest in Suffolk County but the charges in that arrest and the disposition of that case were not available, last night.
Mosque officials, who said Naqvi stopped working there in December, have been cooperating with police during their investigation, Rand said.
"At this point we believe we have all the victims," Rand said, "but we're open to speaking to anyone else who might have had inappropriate contact with him."