ELIZABETHTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — A snowshoe racer from India has avoided a New York trial for sex abuse by pleading guilty to endangering the welfare of a child.
The Adirondack Daily Enterprise reports 25-year-old Tanveer Hussain is from the Kashmir region of India and entered the plea Wednesday in Essex County Court. Hussain now awaits deportation.
Hussain originally faced a felony charge of sexual abuse for what police termed “a passionate kiss” with a 12-year-old. There was no accusation of force, and no other allegations were made.
Hussain competed last February at the World Snowshoe Championships in Saranac Lake. He was arrested after the competition.
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The Essex County district attorney’s office says Hussain was offered the same deal after he was charged but claimed he was innocent and declined to accept it.