A 25-year-old snowshoe racer from India has avoided a New York trial for sex abuse by pleading guilty to endangering the welfare of a child.
Tanveer Hussain, from the Kashmir region of India, entered the plea on Wednesday in Essex County Court and now awaits deportation, The Adirondack Daily Enterprise reported.
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, New York. He was arrested after the competition.
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.