Britisher arrested for sexually abusing minor
Jharsuguda: A 68-year-old Britisher, who ran a shelter home for children in Jharsuguda district, has been arrested for allegedly sexually abusing a minor boy, police said on Friday.
The accused was identified as John Patrick Bridge, founder of Faith Outreach children home that provides education to tribal students. He took Indian citizenship in 1992.
Police said Bridge abused the minor in Kandhamal district, while he was residing in the shelter home way back five years ago. “After a complaint was filed at Jharsuguda police station, the accused was arrested. Further probe is going on,” said Jharsuguda SP Rahul PR.
According to sources, an inquiry was conducted by the Indian Embassy in New Zealand about the misuse of funds given to Faith Outreach by a New Zealand-based agency. The incident of sexual abuse came to light during a probe into the misuse of funds.