This 2008 file photo shows Umair Sheikh studying during a Hafiz class. (Sun Sentinel file photo / January 23, 2013)
A youth group leader at a South Florida mosque pleaded not guilty Tuesday to two child pornography charges with federal authorities saying he admitted making a sexually explicit video of a 14-year-old group member.
Umair Tayyab Sheikh, 23, is being held in federal custody without bond after U.S. Magistrate Judge Lurana Snow determined earlier this month that he was a serious flight risk and a potential danger to the community.
Sheikh acknowledged he made a video of a teenage boy from his group masturbating, but denied sharing it with anyone, according to federal authorities. Sheikh allegedly told FBI agents that he made the recording at the boy’s request and only watched it when the boy came to his Cooper City home, court records show.
The name of the mosque Sheikh had been attending is not listed in court records.
The investigation into Sheikh began in September when a FBI special agent tasked with rooting out child pornography pinpointed a computer that was actively sharing illicit images. Authorities were able to determine the computer was in the home that Sheikh shares with his parents and siblings.