On the day he was arrested he was due to teach 30 children at a mosque near his home in Blackburn.
He was later convicted of five counts of sexual activity but on Monday he escaped with a 40-week prison sentence suspended for two years.
A family friend condemned the sentence. ‘This is a total disgrace,’ said the friend, who asked not to be named.
‘What type of message does this send out to paedophiles? He should be behind bars for this type of abuse. We are all horrified.’
Preston Crown Court was told Maknojioa had been engaged by the children’s parents in 2012 to teach them about the Islamic faith up to three times a week at their home in Lancashire.
In September that year the girl and her two brothers started tuition of the Koran in Arabic in their living room.
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