Tailor arraigned on sex crimes charges, accused of touching workers during fittings
LIVONIA, Mich. (WJBK) - A Livonia tailor has been arraigned on charges that he inappropriately touched several postal workers during fittings in March and April.
Majed Wazni, 57, was arrested in March and charged with two counts of 4th degree criminal sexual conduct. A postal worker told FOX 2 that the Wazni went too far with his fitting for a new uniform. Earlier this week, Wazni was charged with seven more sex crimes.
"He went up and down on my zipper five times," an anonymous postal worker says. "So that led me to believe, 'Maybe there's a defect in the zipper' - until he put his finger in the zipper and that's when he touched me."
Tailor charged in seven new cases of inappropriately touching workers during fittings
That same postal worker said other employees told them it's happened to them too.
"I spoke to one of my co-workers and he said it happened to him 16 years ago," he said.
Livonia tailor accused of touching postal workers during uniform fittings
The unwanted touching has allegedly been going on for years, as long as Wazni has worked at the Allie Brothers Tailor Shop off Middlebelt. The shop specializes in uniforms for postal workers, military and law enforcement.
We talked to two other men by phone Thursday. They have the same story to tell but haven't gone to police yet. They both said quote, "I don't want to make a big deal out of it."
Nine men have come forward at this point ranging in age from 33 to 69.
Wazni's attorney, David Cripps, is denying all claims - even though the victims say they've been to other tailors and were never quote "man handled" like they were with Wazni.
"I believe in my client's innocence on these charges," Cripps said. "My client - his family is here in court today showing strong support for him."
Wazni bonded out of jail on a $5,000/10% bond but can't go anywhere near the Allie Brothers tailor shop. His attorney says he's on medical leave from the shop.
The owners of Allie Brothers wouldn't comment on Wazni.