A metro religious leader will be in court Thursday.
Forty-year-old Nermin Spahic was charged with third-degree sexual abuse and two counts of sexual exploitation by clergy.
Spahic serves as an Imam at the Des Moines Islamic and Cultural Center.
He is accused of molesting a woman and her daughter while he performed a ceremonial ritual at the woman’s home.
The ceremony uses oils on the body which Spahic supporters said can be misrepresented as abuse.
Spahic is out on bond and is ordered not to contact his accusers.