Indian sportsman held in USA for sexually abusing minor girl

Indian snowshoer arrested on sex charge

"There was no accusation of force".

Hussain and fellow Indian athlete Abid Hussain Khan had traveled to the village for the World Snowshoe Championships, which took place from February 23 to February 25. "The charges are a result of the age difference of the individuals", the police said.

Tanveer Hussain arrived in the small village of Saranac Lake in NY state for taking part in the World Snowshoe Championships.

Hussain, who is in Saranac Lake for an global snowshoe racers' competition, has been accused of "inappropriate sexual behaviour with an underage girl, which allegedly took place on Monday in the village of Saranac Lake", it said. Initially, Hussain was denied United States visa on January 31.

Hussain's lawyer Brian Barrett has to defend his client on charges of sexual abuse of the first degree and endangering the welfare of a child under the penal law of the state of NY. It took place around Monday evening in the village. "Even if the court releases him, he may be held in a holding facility that is not a jail", Barrett said, adding he had interacted with Abid Khan who had accompanied Hussain to Saranac Lake.

Hussain's manager said that the minor girl has been following the athlete and he called her "a nut case".

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The American website has now claimed that Hussain was allowed to enter the US for the competition following intense lobbying from local officials and residents in the Adirondacks, as well as by US Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer.

Barrett told the Enterprise "these are allegations...merely allegations alone".

The lawyer Barrett said that not only is he innocent, he is presumed innocent by law. "That's how he should be seen in the community and by anyone paying attention in this case".

The Enterprise quoted Hussain's Manager Abid Khan saying that he is innocent. It said "a visibly upset Hussain", with hands shackled and still wearing a maroon World Snowshoe Championships hat, pleaded with the judge not to send him to jail, the report said.

"I spoke to Khan and he told me that Hussain has been provided with an attorney by the state department". "We will have a preliminary hearing on Monday", he said.

Hussain was in jail March 2 on $5,000 cash bail.

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