Imam who married 12yo girl to 26yo man has been charged

AN IMAM who allegedly oversaw the illegal marriage of a 12-year-old girl to a 26-year-old man in an Islamic ceremony near Newcastle, has been charged.

The 36-year-old religious leader was arrested at Parramatta and given bail until his court appearance on April 2.

He is accused of solemnising the marriage between the man and child at her father's Hunter Valley home last month.

The "husband" is currently before the courts charged with 25 counts of having sex with a child and the girl is in foster care.

Investigations into involvement the child's family had in the marriage are continuing.

Topics:  sexual assault

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