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Cook accused of molesting boy in cafeteria

Suspect enticed boy with beverages, lured him into workplace and clicked naked pictures of him

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Dubai: A cook has been accused of molesting and filming an 11-year-old boy naked.

The 23-year-old Pakistani cook allegedly offered the Bangladeshi boy juice and aerated drinks and persuaded him to come into the cafeteria where he removed the boy’s dress and took pictures in September.

The cook hugged the boy against his will and touched him indecently, according to records, and then he threatened to publish his photos if he left the cafeteria in Naif.

The boy’s mother thought the cook was being friendly after her son told her that the cook had touched his neck and taken a photo with him.

However, the boy’s parents reported the matter to the police when they came to know that the cook had undressed their son and molested him a second time.

Prosecutors accused the cook of molesting the boy, threatening to shame him by publishing his nude photos and breaching the child’s privacy and modesty.

The Pakistani suspect pleaded not guilty and refuted all charges when he appeared before the Dubai Court of First Instance on Sunday.

According to the charges, prosecutors said the cook lured the boy into the cafeteria at early morning when he removed his pants, hugged, kissed and molested him.

“I did not do any of that,” the suspect contended before presiding judge Shaikha Hamad.

The 11-year-old testified to prosecutors that three days prior to the incident, the cook clicked a picture with him.

“When I was walking to school, the suspect called me into the cafeteria but I told him that I was late. He insisted and lured me into the cafeteria. Then he made me sit down and offered me juice and coca cola. When he asked me if my mother had given me any pocket money, I told him that she prepared my food. Then he gave me Dh5 although I had refused to take it. Then suddenly he unbuckled my belt and removed my pants … he touched me inappropriately and behaved badly with me. He hugged and kissed me … I pulled my pants back up and when I wanted to leave he forbid me. Then I told him that I had to go to school because I was late. He threatened to publish my photos but I promised to come back later. I pretended that I walked towards my school and instead I rushed home and informed my parents what had happened,” he told prosecutors.

The father testified to prosecutors that he reported the matter to the police who took the suspect into custody.

A ruling will be heard in February.