Guard acquitted of molesting boy

He had been accused of assaulting student on his way home from school.

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DUBAI // A security guard was acquitted this morning of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old student on his way home from school.

The Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance had been told that on May 2, the 20-year-old MW, a Pakistani, had hugged the boy against his will and kissed him on his cheek.

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Prosecutors charged him with forceful sex assault. But MW told Judge Fahmy Mounir Fahmy, "It didn't happen."

The Iranian student had told prosecutors that MW, a security guard at a building near his school, had molested him when he stopped in for a drink of water. His mother told prosecutors that her son came home terrified and was crying when she questioned him about the incident.