(Enterprise photo — Chris Knight) SARANAC LAKE — Village police have provided more details about the sexual abuse allegations against a snowshoe racer from India, whom the community wholeheartedly welcomed for this past weekend’s World Snowshoe Championships.
Tanveer Hussain, 24, of Kashmir, India, was charged Wednesday with first-degree sexual abuse, a felony, and endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor.
Hussain’s brother, Yunus Ali, said the family has not been able to speak to Hussain since the arrest.
“In Kashmir, we have a tradition of showing love to children.
Back at the town hall in Bloomingdale, the arraignment was delayed while town Justice Sheridan Swinyer found a lawyer for Hussain due to a conflict with the Essex County public defender’s office.
The judge eventually got Brian Barrett of Lake Placid, who met with his client behind closed doors.
First-degree sexual abuse, according to New York law, means the perpetrator Police Sgt. After the complaint was filed, Reardon said police located Hussain around noon Wednesday while he was walking down Bloomingdale Avenue. Abid Khan, the other snowshoer who came here from Kashmir for the world championships, says Hussain told him he is innocent.