A 24-year-old snowshoe racer from Kashmir, India, who competed at the 2017 World Snowshoe Championships in Saranac, New York, is accused of sexually abusing a local girl.
Tanveer Hussain, is charged with first-degree sexual abuse, a felony, and endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor. Saranac Lake Village police Sergeant Casey Reardon said the victim was a 12-year-old girl who told her parents that Hussain kissed her and touched her in an ‘intimate area over her clothing’.
According to police, the assault happened on Monday in the village in the Adirondack Mountains at the conclusion of the three-day sporting competition. He has been cooperative with police and remains in jail on $5,000 cash bail.
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President of the Snowshoe Federation of India, Abid Khan, said Hussain claims innocence. Khan was present for the championships, but did not compete. As reported in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Khan said that the girl followed him and Hussain around in “an affectionate way” while they were in the village. He also said that Hussain called the girl “a nutcase.”
Kahn gave more details of their encounters. On one of the days when the men returned to the Inn where they stayed, Kahn said they found the girl playing pool with other guests.
“We didn’t invite her.”
Khan told reporters that Hussain told him the girl tried to make an advance on him, but he turned her away.
“He says there was no contact at all,” Khan said. “‘She tried to come. I pushed her back.’ After that, he said he came back toward us and told her to go back home.”
Khan said Hussain’s interaction with the girl at that time only lasted about 30 seconds.
Sergeant Reardon of the Saranac Lake Village Police, when asked about Khan’s account, said police have sufficient evidence for probable cause.
“We’re confident in our investigation and the results of it,” he said. “There were other witnesses. Social media was involved. There’s evidence that supports the charges.”
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