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Teen charged with aiding Jihad Jane

Teen charged with aiding Jihad Jane
Colleen R. LaRose, who calls herself "Jihad Jane" is seen in a June 26, 1997 mug shot released by the Tom Green County Jail in San Angelo, Texas. Larose was indicted on March 9, 2010 for recruiting foreign terrorists and threatening to murder Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks. UPI/Tom Green County Jail | License Photo

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- A Maryland teenager, the son of Pakistani immigrants, has been charged with conspiring with a convert to Islam who called herself Jihad Jane, his family says.

The 17-year-old, identified as Mohammed K. of Ellicott City, was arrested in July on federal charges, relatives said. They told The Philadelphia Inquirer the FBI talked to Mohammed eight times without a lawyer or parent present before charging him.

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"Now we know that was a mistake," a relative said. "We had thought everything was taken care of and fine because he talked to the FBI so many times -- but the next thing you know, a year later, without any warning, the FBI took Mohammed away. It was a shock to us and to him."

Colleen LaRose, 47, who lived in the Philadelphia suburbs, pleaded guilty earlier this year to terrorism-related charges. Prosecutors said she tried to recruit others to terrorism, using the name Jihad Jane, and traveled to Europe as part of a plot to kill a Swedish cartoonist.

Mohammed K. allegedly tried to raise money for LaRose on the Internet after meeting her in a chat room, sources told the Inquirer.

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His family said Mohammed was a good student who had been accepted by Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore with a full scholarship.

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