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Canadian held in Nepal on child sex abuse charges


A Canadian tourist with records of several previous child sex offenses has been arrested in Nepal on charges that he lured a nine-year-old boy to his hotel room and had sex with him, police officials said yesterday.

Ernest Fenwick MacIntosh, 71, was arrested at a hotel in Lalitpur, a suburb south of the capital, Kathmandu.

He was ordered detained by the district court until the charges can be further investigated, Lalitpur’s police chief Pushpa Ranjit said.

Officials were not giving others details on the case because it involves a minor.

If convicted, MacIntosh could face up to 10 years in jail.

MacIntosh arrived in Nepal on a tourist visa in August last year, and has been a frequent visitor to the children’s shelter where the boy lived.

Macintosh also allegedly threatened the boy, police said.

Canadian news reports said he was from Nova Scotia and has 17 child sex offense convictions against him.

He was accused of sexually abusing boys in the 1970s and the allegations surfaced in 1995, when he was living in India.

However, he was not extradited until 2007, and the first of his two trials in Nova Scotia did not start until 2010. His convictions were quashed in April 2013.

A Canadian Minstry of Foreign Affairs spokesman in Ottawa said department officials were aware of the situation in Nepal, but did not provide any other details.

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