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Poonam Singh

Jharsuguda: A 68-year-old British national who runs a child shelter home in Jharsuguda district was arrested by police on charges of sexually abusing a tribal minor boy of his shelter home.

According to reports, accused John Patrick Bridge was running the child shelter home - ‘Faith Outreach’ in Cox Colony area of Jharsuguda, to provide education to the tribal students.

Bridge was arrested based on a complaint filed against him at Jharsuguda Police Station.

The minor boy in his complaint alleged that Bridge sexually abused him while he had gone with him to his native place.

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The complaint mentioned that Bridge touched his private parts when they were in an SUV after Christmas celebrations at his native place in Rayagada district.

As per police sources, Bridge has been booked under section 341 of the IPC (Punishment for wrongful restraint), 10 POCSO Act (aggravated sexual assault ) and section 3(i) (r), 2 (va) of SC/ST (POA) Act.

Jharsuguda SP Rahul PR said the accused has been forwarded to Court while further probe is underway.

Bridge, along with his wife Delphine, had started 'Faith Outreach' some 25 years ago in Jharsuguda to provide free education to the tribal students. The organisation reportedly provides clothing, education, medical care and daily food to over 400 poor children including a Baby Care Center, which provides home and care for abandoned babies.

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Notably, this is not the first time where under the guise of humanitarian aid, high-profile ‘paedophiles’ are abusing children in the State.

Earlier in December 2018, Faiz Rehman, the pastor who ran ‘Good News India Dream Centre’, a child shelter home in Dhenkanal district, was arrested on charges of physically and sexually abusing the inmates.

(Edited By: Devbrat Patnaik)

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