New York: Senior Indian Forest Service officer Surendra Prasad Mohapatra, detained by Pennsylvania police and charged with indecent assault after a woman hotel worker complained against him, has been released on bail.

Mohapatra will appear in court for a preliminary hearing on August 1 in a Pennsylvania court.

Sources said that Mohapatra was released on bail on Friday and came to the city where he visited officials at the Indian Consulate here on Monday.

Officials at the Consulate have been in constant touch with Mohapatra ever since he was arrested by the police in Pennsylvania's Matamoras town on July 24 after a woman staff worker at the hotel where he was staying accused him of "sexual assault."

On the other Mohapatra has denied any wrongdoing.

India's ambassador to the US Nirupama Rao, who was in the city to attend an event, said the matter is being investigated but chose not to make any further comment on the case.

The Consulate officials have been working on getting legal assistance to Mohapatra as well as sorting out his bail modalities. They are also making arrangements for his stay in the US while he fights his case in the court there .

Mohapatra is unlikely to get any diplomatic immunity as he does not have a diplomatic passport but an official one, the sources added.

Mohapatra was arraigned in a Pennsylvania court on July 25 and faces charges of indecent assault and false imprisonment. He had been detained at the Pike County correctional facility in Pennsylvania.


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