Charges dropped against Syrian refugee who sexually assaulted teen girls in West Edmonton Mall

Soeliman Hajj Soleiman, a Syrian refugee was arrested in February 2017 after young teen girls reported the man touched them inappropriately at the West Edmonton Mall water park.

All charges were dropped against the 40-year-old Syrian refugee who was on trial for on trial for six counts of sexual assault and six counts of sexual contact with a child.

The victims were between the ages of 13 to 15 and cried when the ruling was made.

The reason for the ruling was unreliable witness testimony.

One of the girls who was 14 at the time said the man touched her breast and buttocks when they got hit by a wave, she also heard other girls with similar complaints in the pool.

The girls went to the water park to celebrate a birthday, there ware 16 girls from a soccer team.

Hajj Soleiman, his wife and their six children to come to Canada from Syria in January 2016 under private sponsorship.

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