Mufti Ashraf Sidat, 45, is the General Secretary of Masjid-e-Noorul Islam was caught by vigilante paedophile hunters in Flixton, Manchester.
Ashraf Sidat allegedly tried to meet a 15 year old boy for sex.
He has been suspended from his post as General Secretary.
He was arrested by police but was later released on bail till 9 Feb.
Greater Manchester Police said in a statement: “At around 9.50am on Thursday 11 January 2018 police were called to Roedean Gardens in Flixton to a report of child grooming. Officers attended and a 45-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity. He has been bailed until 9 February 2018 pending further enquiries.”
Sidat, who is married with 5 children, remains silent throughout most of the encounter.