Kolkata: Salt Lake police have arrested an American national on charges of sodomising a minor boy. Leslie Alan Powel (51) has been arrested from a star category hotel located near the Salt Lake Stadium.
Police sources said that Powel had checked in at the hotel around 2 pm yesterday afternoon. A little after checking in, the American national went out and soon returned to the hotel with an Indian boy aged around 14 years. On being asked about the identity of the boy, Powel told the hotel’s private security guards that he was a friend. After spending about three hours in his room, Powel came out of the minor boy to drop him back. It was then that the security guards noticed some abnormalities in the appearance and body language of the boy.
After taking the boy away from Powel, and they questioned him as the minor told the guards that he had been sodomised by the American. The boy told the guards that he had got introduced to Powel through social networking site Facebook.
Following this, the hotel authorities lodged a complaint with the Bidhannagar South police station late yesterday night. The police arrested Powel today under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act. He will be produced before the Bidhannagar Sub-divisional court tomorrow.