Puri police have issued a look-out notice to trace the French tourist against whom a case of paedophilia has been registered.
SP Anup Sahu said the police registered the case against the French national, Mathew Furic, on the complaint filed by an American tourist James Gorman.
Gorman on December 2 had registered a complaint at the Sea Beach police station stating that he had noticed Mathew indulging in paedophilia with a group of four boys in an isolated area of Penthakota beach on November 26. While he tried to record the incident in his video camera, Gorman was allegedly attacked by Mathew.
He also submitted a video of a conversation he had with the boys subsequently to the police. The SP said after receiving the complaint, police went to the hotel where the Frenchman had stayed, but he had left on November 26.
Police have identified two of the four children and after series of counselling sessions, the boys admitted to have been abused by Mathew.
The SP said the look-out notice was given to all airports and ports against Mathew who might attempt to leave the country. Besides, the district child welfare committee has been asked to counsel the children.
A case was registered against Mathew under Sections 18 and 12 of the Protection of Children From Sexual Offences Act, 2012. Sections 341 (wrongful restraint), 323 (causing hurt) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of IPC were also filed against him.
Sahu further informed that hoteliers have been asked to inform police about any suspicious movement of tourists, foreigners particularly.