A former Scarborough Muslim cleric who terrorized his sexual abuse victims into silence with threats of stoning in their homeland is now serving a 35 to 50 year prison sentence in Michigan after a historic trial.

Mohammad Masroor — who was acquitted in Toronto on similar allegations a year ago — was convicted in Detroit of all 15 counts of criminal sexual conduct. This is believed to be the first American trial where a witness wore a religious veil to cover her face, said prosecutor Khalil Rahal.

"As far as I know it was the first trial where one wore a niqab," said Rahal in an interview Thursday. "Judge Michael Hathaway gave them a choice and two unveiled themselves."

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