Yusef Bey again delays plea

Daily Planet Wire Service
Friday October 04, 2002


OAKLAND – A leader in Oakland's Nation of Islam community again delayed entering a plea in Alameda County Superior Court Thursday to a charge that he allegedly molested a 13-year-old girl 20 years ago. 

Yusef Bey, 66, was not in the courtroom for proceeding.  

Andrew Dosa of Alameda, Bey's attorney, asked for, and was granted, the continuance by Judge Allan D. Hymer in Oakland. 

Bey is now scheduled to enter a plea on Oct. 17 at 9 a.m. Hymer asked that Bey be present on that date. 

One week ago, Bey appeared in court and was granted a delay in the arraignment A complaint filed Sept. 18 charges Bey with one felony count of committing a lewd act on a child under 14 in September 1981. He surrendered to police on Sept. 19 and immediately posted $50,000 bail, police said. 

According to police, a woman approached the authorities in early June to report that Bey had allegedly molested her about 20 years ago. She told police that she was 13 when she gave birth to a child allegedly fathered by Bey in June 1982. 

Police said DNA samples confirm that Bey is the child's father. Bey's attorney has declined to comment on the charges.