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Frankfurt prosecutors investigate Iranian diplomat on sex abuse allegations

State prosecutors in Frankfurt say they are investigating a 10-year-old's allegations she was inappropriately touched by an Iranian diplomat.

Spokeswoman Doris Moeller-Scheu said Monday the girl told authorities employee of the Iranian consulate in Frankfurt approached her as she was playing and felt her hair, then followed her into her apartment building and tried to kiss her.

She says the girl's mother immediately filed a complaint with police but didn't know who the suspect was until the girl recognized him on the street a week later. He was taken into custody but released after claiming diplomatic immunity.

Iran says the diplomat is the target of a smear campaign of a smear campaign orchestrated by an Iranian opposition group.

Moeller-Scheu says her office is now trying to determine the facts of the case.