Oakland Black Muslim leader charged with 1981 molestation

The Associated Press
Friday September 20, 2002

OAKLAND — The well-known leader of a Black Muslim group was arrested Thursday for allegedly molesting a girl 20 years ago. 

Yusef Bey, 66, was arrested on suspicion of lewd acts with a child, according to Oakland police spokesman George Phillips. 

The alleged victim was 13 at the time, Phillips said. The unidentified Oakland woman claims Bey fathered her child, who is now 20. 

Phillips said the investigation was triggered when the woman, now 34, came forward and accused Bey of molesting her between September and October of 1981. 

“This is an ongoing investigation that began in June of this year,” he said. 

Phillips would not say what the woman’s relationship was to Bey or give further details about her or her child. 

Bey is the leader of the Oakland Nation of Islam, which is listed as a Black Separatist hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. He also owns the Your Black Muslim Bakery chain and ran for mayor of Oakland in 1994. 

Bey’s lawyer, Andrew Dosa, had no comment on the charges. He said a hearing was scheduled Sept. 26 in Alameda County Superior Court in Oakland. 

Bey was released on $50,000 bail.