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Indian athlete arrested on charges of sexually abusing 12-yr-old girl in US

Tanveer Hussain Source: Tanveer Hussain - Facebook

Well-known 24-year-old Indian athlete Tanveer Hussain participated in the 2017 World Snowshoe Championships from February 23 to 25.

Well-known 24-year-old Indian athlete Tanveer Hussain  has been arrested in the US on charges of allegedly sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl, reports the Hindustan Times.

Tanveer was recently given a visa after a huge public outcry

The Snowshoe Federation of India and US media said on Thursday that Tanveer snowshoe racer from Kashmir was arrested in Saranac Lake village in New York state on Wednesday.

Adirondak Daily Enterprise reported that he was also charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

“Yes, he has been arrested after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor girl surfaced. We are trying to ascertain what happened,” says Mir Mudasir, President of the Snowshoe Federation of India.

Tanveer Hussain participated in the 2017 World Snowshoe Championships from February 23 to 25.

He was to leave on Thursday.

Tanveer has told his manager Abid Khan that he was "innocent," Adirondak Daily Enterprise reports.

Tanveer Hussain and Abid Khan were denied visa on January 31.

They were given the travel permit after the issue was raised in media prompting the the matter to be taken in consideration by some US senators.

Mir Mudasir refused to comment on the merit of the case.

“Personally I am very disturbed by the turn of events…This thing has happened after the event was over. I have full faith in American law and let the law take its own course,” he added.

The Enterprise quoted Khan as saying that the girl had followed Hussain around in an affectionate way.

Tanveer would be arraigned in the nearby Bloomingdale court. 

The local police says that they have enough evidence, including witnesses and social media.