ATHENS, Ohio — An Athens man has been arraigned on multiple charges including gross sexual imposition, rape, kidnapping and others.
Mohammed Nasser Rashid Hamed Al-Mashrafi, 23,
of Athens, appeared before Judge George P. McCarthy on Thursday for arraignment on charges, including three counts of gross sexual imposition, fourth-degree felony; rape, first-degree felony; kidnapping, a first-degree felony; intimidation of an attorney, victim or witness in a criminal case, third-degree felony; public indecency, a third-degree misdemeanor; and two counts of menacing by stalking, a first-degree misdemeanor.
The State of Ohio requested that Al-Mashrafi be held without bond, or in the alternative $5 million with no 10 percent allowed, while the defendant requested bond in the amount of $75,000 with no 10 percent allowed. The court set bond at $5 million with no 10 percent and scheduled a jury trial for February 28, 2018.
Prosecuting Attorney Keller J. Blackburn states that, “Al-Mashrafi is an Ohio University student in the United States on a student visa from Oman that is accused of stalking multiple women in and around Athens, at times using their social media accounts as a means of the stalking. Al-Mashrafi is further accused of visiting a local spa where he was observed fondling himself and, upon being asked to leave, refused to pay for his services and ultimately left without paying. On Dec. 5, 2018, Al-Mashrafi’s behavior escalated and he is alleged to have held a female against her will and forcing himself on her sexually.”
This case was investigated by the Athens Police Department.