Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Tampa father accused of water torture admits child abuse, gets probation

TAMPA — A father accused of using water torture on his daughter as punishment for finding his pornography was sentenced Thursday to five years of probation.

Moslim Al-Assadi, 37, was initially charged with two counts of aggravated child abuse, but pleaded guilty to two downgraded counts of child abuse as part of a prosecution deal.

His daughter told Tampa police that in July 2008, he dunked her head into a tub of water until she could not breathe to punish her.

Police took Al-Assadi's children. Then, as the investigation continued, his son told detectives that his father made him go outside and fill a bucket with water, tied his hands behind his back, and dipped his head into the water as a punishment.

According to an arrest report, the boy, of grade school age, also said that his father once burned the bottom of his hand with a hot frying pan after he improperly prepared a meal.

Assistant State Attorney Kimberly Hindman said Al-Assadi's parental rights have been terminated, as have the rights of the children's mother, for an unrelated case. In 2003, two of the couple's three children fell from a two-story window while under her watch, according to court documents. Hindman said the family which has the children now was informed of the plea.

Since the father and children moved to Tampa in 2006, authorities have responded to a half-dozen calls about alleged mistreatment.

But prosecutors found inconsistency in the children's statements. Defense witnesses would have testified that they never saw any abuse or injuries.

"The state does think the child abuse occurred," she said.

At the request of the prosecution, Circuit Judge Chet A. Tharpe ruled that during his probation, Al-Assadi can have no contact with children.

Alexandra Zayas can be reached at azayas@sptimes.com or (813) 226-3354.

Tampa father accused of water torture admits child abuse, gets probation 06/03/10 [Last modified: Thursday, June 3, 2010 11:07pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Navy expected to relieve admiral in charge of 7th Fleet in response to deadly disasters at sea

    Nation

    The Navy will relieve the senior admiral in charge of the service's 7th Fleet based in Japan in response to four embarrassing accidents this year, two of which killed sailors at sea, two U.S. officials said.

    Tugboats assist the guided-missile destroyer John S. McCain on its way to Changi Naval Base in Singapore on Monday. [U.S. Navy]
  2. Trump chides media over Charlottesville

    National

    President Donald Trump is blaming the media for the widespread condemnation of his response to a Charlottesville, Va., protest organized by white supremacists that led to the killing of a counter-protester.

    Trump met service members before the rally.
  3. Jones: Koetter-Winston exchange highlights latest 'Hard Knocks'

    Bucs

    There are certain things that make HBO's Hard Knocks must-see television.

    Jameis Winston, left, has an exchange with Dirk Koetter that highlights Hard Knocks.
  4. Rays are full of ideas they'd like to share when commissioner visits

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Commissioner Rob Manfred is coming to the Trop today. Hmm. Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg will be there to greet him. Hmmmm. And they have a scheduled joint media session. Hmmmmmmmmm.

    Commissioner Rob Manfred isn’t expected to say anything definitive about the Rays’ stadium situation when he visits the team today.
  5. Mayor Rick Kriseman endorsed by another police union

    Blogs

    ST. PETERSBURG — Mayor Rick Kriseman is already backed by the city's largest police union, the Suncoast Police Benevolent Association.

    Mayor Rick Kriseman has secured another police union endorsement