New York Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) recently helped an Indian snowshoe athlete get a visa to come to the United States to compete in an event. Now that athlete has been charged by local law enforcement with a sex crime against a child.
Schumer, the Senate minority leader, along with Clyde Rabideau, mayor of Saranac Lake, New York, petitioned for Tanveer Hussain and his team manager to be granted entry into the U.S. after they were denied a visa in the immediate days after President Donald Trump signed his controversial executive order on immigration and refugees, according to the Washington Post. It now appears that law enforcement has somehow entrapped or simply made-up charges against him.
Hussian is from India — not one of the countries included in Trump’s travel ban — so it’s not clear why his visa was initially denied. But after Schumer pulled strings for Hussain to obtain a visa, Hussain and his team manager were welcomed to Saranac Lake with a “hero’s welcome.”
According to the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Hussain, 24, was charged with first-degree felony sexual assault and misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child.
The parents of the 12-year-old girl who was allegedly involved said the incident happened Monday, after the three-day snowshoe competition, and reported it to local authorities.
Chief Charles A. Potthast Jr. of the Saranac Lake Village police force said the girl was playing pool Monday afternoon with other young people at the inn where Hussain was staying.
“There was a moment when the two were alone, and that’s when the incident occurred,” Potthast said. The girl told police that there was a “passionate kiss” and that Hussain touched her in an intimate area on top of her clothing.
Hussain remains in jail on a $10,000 bond. However, he has maintained his innocence.
Muddasir Mir, president of the SnowShoe Federation of India, called Hussain’s arrest an “unfortunate situation.”
Mir added that Hussain wouldn’t have been able to come to the U.S. if it weren’t for the “personal efforts” of Schumer and junior New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).