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Indian Games masseur prosecuted

Dewan Nabi was charged with indecent assault of a teenage cleaner at the Games Village in Melbourne.

india Updated: Apr 07, 2006 10:50 IST

A masseur with India's Commonwealth Games team was given a suspension and one-month jail sentence on Thursday for indecently assaulting a teenage cleaner at the Games Village in Melbourne, last month.

Dewan Nabi, who was excluded from the team, was charged with indecent and unlawful assault after a 16-year-old girl complained to police about the incident at the Games.

Melbourne Magistrates Court judge Charles Rozencwajg found 35-year-old Nabi, married with a young son, guilty on the charge of indecent assault and sentenced him to one month in jail. He has also been suspended from work for a year, a court spokeswoman said.

The spokeswoman also added that Nabi's name was placed on a list of registered sex offenders and that he must stay in regular contact Victoria state police for the next eight years.

The girl, who could not be identified, was among a group of school children who had volunteered to work at the athletes village in suburban Melbourne.

She told the court that she went to Nabi's room to collect towels when he grabbed her, started kissing her and touched her breast. Nabi denied the charges.

Rozencwajg said he found the girl's evidence to be consistent, although there had been inconsistencies in evidence from some witnesses.

Nabi's lawyer, Paul Hovarth had asked for a fine to be imposed but Rozencwajg said that would not reflect the seriousness of the charges.

"He's disappointed with the finding and obviously he's been away from his family, he's been excluded from the team he came across with, so he's been isolated and that's been a difficult thing for him," Horvath told reporters.