An imam at the Des Moines Islamic and Cultural Center waived the preliminary hearing today at the Polk County District Court.

40 year old Nermin Spahic is charged with 3rd degree sexual abuse and 2 counts of sexual exploitation by clergy.

Spahic is accused of molesting a woman and her daughter while performing a ceremonial ritual at the woman's home.

Spahic supporters have said ceremonial oils used on parts of the body can be misrepresented as abuse.

Spahic is currently out on bond, and has been ordered not to contact his accusers.