Lifeguard 'sexually abuses' 6-year-old boy in Dubai

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Dubai - The accused was caught on the hotel's CCTV following the boy and later touching his shoulder on that day.

By Marie Nammour

Published: Sun 30 Oct 2016, 1:00 PM

Last updated: Mon 31 Oct 2016, 8:09 AM

A lifeguard faced trial in the Court of First Instance on Sunday accused of sexually abusing a 6-year-old boy in an abandoned room next to a swimming pool on the rooftop of a hotel.
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Prosecution records show that the 21-year-old man, a Pakistani, works at the hotel where the alleged incident took place. On July 13, he allegedly took advantage of the fact that he was alone with the little boy by the pool, to lure him to the room where he allegedly hugged and kissed him on the cheek and lips.
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He also allegedly told him to touch him.
The accused was caught on the hotel's CCTV following the boy and later touching his shoulder on that day.
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"We were informed about a complaint filed by a French woman that she was spending her vacation with her family in a hotel in Al Muraqqabat when a life guard lured her son into a room close to the swimming pool," a lieutenant from the Tourism Department of the Dubai police said. "She learned from her son that a man who worked at the hotel tried to sexually assault him".
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The boy's mother said that she made her son be examined by a forensic expert in France. "The expert concluded that the boy was a victim of forcible attempted sexual assault and injury marks like scratches were spotted on his body," the lieutenant said.
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On July 28, the police officers arrested the lifeguard. "He admitted willingly, when interrogated, that he did it when the boy came to him to help him inflate a swimming balloon. He lured him inside a room where he touched him against his will. However, he denied that he took off his own clothes or those of the boy.
The police detained him for the necessary legal action.
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The criminal evidence report found that as many as 58 pornographic clips had been deleted from the defendant's mobile phone. The clips were recovered.
Pictures of a man with kids were also found stored in his phone. He admitted to the charge during the investigation.
The court will hand down a verdict on November 21.  

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