French tourist booked for allegedly sexually abusing children

Police have registered a case against a French tourist for allegedly sexually abusing a group of children in Odisha`s beach town of Puri, an official said Thursday.

IANS| Updated: Dec 05, 2013, 11:52 AM IST

Bhubaneswar: Police have registered a case against a French tourist for allegedly sexually abusing a group of children in Odisha`s beach town of Puri, an official said Thursday.

Middle-aged Mathew Furic allegedly indulged in paedophilia with a group of boys on a secluded area of the beach at Puri, about 56 km from state capital Bhubaneswar, a number of times between Nov 23 and 26.

The alleged incident came to light after James Foster Gorman, an American tourist, lodged a complaint with the local police Nov 2 and said he saw Furic perform oral sex with the children.

When Gorman protested, Furic allegedly assaulted him.

Gorman talked to some of the children and recorded their conversation in a video camera and handed over the footage to authorities.

On the basis of the footage and a written complaint, police raided the hotel where Furic was staying but found that he had left the city Nov 26.

"We have registered a case. We have also issued a look-out circular so that if the French national is still in India, he can be nabbed and brought here," district Superintendent of Police Anup Sahu told a news agency.

Furic has been booked for committing offences under Indian Penal code, including for wrongful restraint, causing hurt, criminal intimidation and under Protection Of Children From Sexual Offences Act.