Rikers Island Imam Arrested for Soliciting Sex From Undercover Cop

Aziz-Ud Bin Bilal twice ran unsuccessfully for City Council.

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    (Published Thursday, March 31, 2011)

    An imam who works as a chaplain at a New York City jail has been arrested for allegedly propositioning an undercover police officer posing as a prostitute.      

    Aziz-Ud Bin Bilal was arrested Tuesday for allegedly offering $25 for sex to the officer who was part of a sting operation called "Losing Proposition,'' reports the Wall Street Journal.       

    He's worked at Rikers Island since 1990.      

    It couldn't immediately be determined if Bilal, also known as Charles Bilal, had a lawyer. He couldn't be reached for comment.      

    The Department of Correction said Bilal was suspended without pay.

    The agency also is investigating imam in a separate incident involving a handgun that allegedly was found inside his car last year.

    No criminal charges have been filed.      

    Bilal twice ran unsuccessfully for City Council.