Snowshoe racer from Valley held in US on charge of sexually abusing minor

Hussain’s arrest comes days after the Adirondack Daily Enterprise reported a ‘rock star’ welcome in Saranac Lake for the two Kashmiri snowshoe racers on February 25.

Written by MAYURA JANWALKAR , Mir Ehsan | New Delhi/srinagar | Updated: March 3, 2017 11:13 am
 Kashmir valley, snowshoe racer from Kashmir arrested in US, Kashmiri snowshoe racer arrested in US, sexually abusing minor, New York, Saranac Lake, India news, Indian Express (Representational Image)

Days after two Kashmiri snowshoe racers arrived to a warm welcome in Saranac Lake, one of them, 24-year-old Tanveer Hussain, was arrested on the charge of sexually abusing a minor in a village in the state of New York.

Charles Potthast Jr, Chief of Police, Saranac Lake, said Hussain was arrested and remanded in jail. “The charges stem from Hussain engaging in a passionate kiss with the 12-year-old victim,” Saranac Lake police department said in a statement. Police said he also touched her inappropriately. “There was no accusation of force. The charges are a result of the age difference of the individuals,” police said.

Confirming Hussain’s arrest, his lawyer Brian Barrett told The Indian Express over phone on Thursday that Hussain faces charges of sexual abuse of the first degree and endangering the welfare of a child under the penal law of the state of New York. Hussain was arrested after the girl and her parents lodged a complaint with police.

Watch| Kashmiri Snowshoe Racer Arrested In US For Allegedly Sexually Abusing Minor

Hussain’s arrest comes days after the Adirondack Daily Enterprise reported a ‘rock star’ welcome in Saranac Lake for the two Kashmiri snowshoe racers on February 25. They were issued visas to the United States to attend the World Snowshoe Championships course at Dewey Mountain Recreation Center, after being denied visas earlier.

Barrett, who was appointed by a town court to represent Hussain, has filed a not-guilty plea on Hussain’s behalf. He said, “Under our law, he (Hussain) is presumed to be innocent and nobody should draw any other inference.”

Sexual abuse of the first degree charge attracts upto seven years in prison while endangering the welfare of a child, a low-level charge, attracts up to a year in jail, Barrett said.

The court has remanded Hussain to the Essex County Jail in Lewis in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond. Barrett said he will engage an interpreter and have his next meeting with Hussain in a day or two. “We will have a preliminary hearing on Monday,” he said.

“There could be issues with his visa. I am not sure how long it is valid. 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.

In Srinagar, family members of Hussain were shocked on learning of his arrest. “We came to know about it just now. We are in a state of shock. But thankfully, legal aid has been provided to him,” Younis Ali, his younger brother, said.

Jammu and Kashmir Sports Council secretary Waheed ur Rehman Para told The Indian Express that he came to know of the arrest in the evening. ‘’I am trying to find out what has actually happened there. We will provide him legal help only after confirming details.’’ Para said that the two sportsmen had gone in private capacity and the sports council was not involved in the event.

For all the latest India News, download Indian Express App

  1. Z
    Mar 3, 2017 at 2:57 am
    Interesting how it turned out. The adirondack newspaper reported some American as stating the girl was stalking him all weekend and came uninvited to the hotel. Asked for phone number and Facebook account. Some girl with low self esteem. lt;br/gt;Hard to tell the truth. But fact is Mr. Hussain is reportedly very young and like most Kashmiris very handsome. lt;br/gt;Unfortunate to see him in shackles.
    1. Z
      Mar 3, 2017 at 7:58 am
      Most hilarious comments. Specially by people who wear shorts and do the dirty dirty stuff. Go attack s martyrs daughter. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Fact remains the guy is innocent. As most people connected to the case have already said.
      1. A
        Mar 3, 2017 at 3:39 am
        Why are we letting these Islamic Kashmiris represent OUR country? We cannot even go to Kashmir, work or buy property. Are these people Indians?
        1. S
          Mar 3, 2017 at 3:55 am
          Kashmiri muslims are lusty. I know a colleague of mine who admits that his Islamic upbringing in isolation is the root cause. And yet he does nothing to overcome the allure. They grow up seeing girls in burkhas and when they come elsewhere, they drool and salivate.
          1. T
            Mar 3, 2017 at 4:40 am
            This practise seems going on , by this type ppl, for last thousand years?lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;reasoning here is dat,lt;br/gt;bcoz, at starting, dere mohd guy, did it wid six yrs;br/gt;lt;br/gt;den it waz written, all, in howly buk or;br/gt;lt;br/gt;now billions read buks copies, billions recall such event, and some repeat dat practise?
            1. Load More Comments