- Associated Press - Thursday, July 16, 2015

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - A woman who described life in Iraq as “hell” before fleeing to the United States has been charged in the sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl in western Michigan.

The Grand Rapids Press reports (http://bit.ly/1gDD3iX ) Thursday that 22-year-old Azal Saleh faces a Nov. 9 trial for fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct.

The girl told police she was touched beneath her clothing in February at a home in Grandville, southwest of Grand Rapids. A refugee services organization placed Saleh at the home. She has been in the U.S. since 2010.

Saleh told the newspaper for a story in April that “a lot of bad things happened” to her in Iraq and that she “came from hell, mistreated and abused.”

The Associated Press left a message Thursday seeking comment from Saleh’s attorney.

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Information from: The Grand Rapids Press:MLive.com, http://www.mlive.com

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