KATHMANDU (AFP) – Nepalese police have charged a Canadian orphanage volunteer with rape for allegedly abusing a nine-year-old boy in a suburb of Kathmandu, an official said Saturday.
Ernest Fenwick MacIntosh, 71, arrived in the Himalayan nation on a tourist visa last August and approached the Jesuit-run St Xavier’s Social Service Centre for homeless children with an offer of donations.
“The victim was one of the children living at St Xavier’s. On December 13, MacIntosh invited him to his room, threatened him and molested him,” police spokesman Pawan Giri told AFP.
After the boy filed a complaint on December 19, police arrested MacIntosh, who has denied any wrongdoing.
“We are now investigating further to see if he abused other children in the home as well,” Giri said.
If convicted, MacIntosh faces a maximum prison sentence of 11 years. No date has been set for him to appear in court.