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Police cars parked outside the Athens Police Department on Sept. 18, 2017. (FILE)

Mohammed Nasser Rashid Hamed Al-Mashrafi to serve mandatory nine years

Mohammed Nasser Rashid Hamed Al-Mashrafi was convicted Tuesday and will serve a mandatory of nine years in prison. 

Al-Mashrafi, 23, a former Ohio University student on a student visa from Oman, was convicted of rape, a first-degree felony; public indecency, a third-degree misdemeanor; and menacing by stalking, a first-degree misdemeanor.

He will serve a mandatory four-year term in the state penal system with a mandatory five-year term of post-release control, according to a news release from Athens County Prosecutor Keller Blackburn. Al-Mashrafi will be registered as a Tier III sex offender, which requires registration and verification every 90 days for life. 

The United States Department of Homeland Security has a hold placed on Al-Mashrafi. He could be permanently removed from the United States at any time during his sentence or at the end of his sentence.

Al-Mashrafi first came to the attention of the Ohio University Police Department on Nov. 19, 2018, after a suspicious person report was made at Alden Library. Al-Mashrafi had not been identified at the time, but reports indicated he had been engaging in behavior that made people uncomfortable. 

OUPD was able to locate, identify and interview Al-Mashrafi on Dec. 4, 2018. The OUPD officer was unable to find reason to arrest him since his behavior was not at the level of a crime. Al-Mashrafi was warned about how his actions were being perceived and was instructed to stop the concerning behavior, according to a previous Post report.

On Dec. 5, 2018, the Athens Police Department arrested Al-Mashrafi for rape and abduction. He is alleged to have held a woman against her will and forced himself on her sexually, according to a previous Post report.

He was accused of stalking multiple women in and around Athens and stalking women through social media accounts. Al-Mashrafi was also accused of visiting an Athens spa, where he was observed fondling himself. When asked to leave, he refused to pay for his services and left without paying. 

Al-Mashrafi was banned from OU’s campus shortly after his arrest.


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