Indian in US for snowshoe contest is accused of sex abuse

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Tanveer Hussain
Tanveer Hussain

Los Angeles : In a shocking incident, a snowshoe racer from India, who recently competed at the World Snowshoe Championships in New York has been accused of sexually abusing a minor girl in US.

Notably, 24-year-old Tanveer Hussain from Kashmir is the same sportsperson who initially struggled to obtain a visa; now he is charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

According to Saranac Lake Village police Sergeant Casey Reardon, “The girl and her parents reported the abuse to police. The charges stem from Hussain engaging in a passionate kiss with a 12-year-old victim. There is no accusation of force, and no other allegations were made.”

The man was in jail Thursday on $5,000 cash bail and his attorney Brian Barrett entered a not-guilty plea for him and maintained that because of the limited communications he's had with Hussain, he hasn't been able to properly evaluate the case.

Earlier, Hussain and Abid Khan, president of the Snowshoe Federation of India, ran into a roadblock trying to travel to the races. This happened at the same time when President Donald Trump issued an order barring Muslims traveling to US from 7 countries.

Later, they were allowed to resubmit their applications, the visas were approved, and the two men arrived in Saranac Lake on February 23.

The incident happened on Monday in the village in the Adirondack Mountains.