The deputy mayor of the Village of Kings Point will appear in court Thursday to face harassment charges after a woman claimed he inappropriately touched her and made sexually suggestive comments at a Great Neck synagogue, according to a Nov. 4 report in Newsday.
David Harounian, 74, will appear Nov. 7 for arraignment on a charge of second-degree harassment, a violation, after a fellow member of Temple Israel of Great Neck called police Oct 26 to report the alleged harassing act.
The fellow member, Joanna Cronin, 43, of Great Neck, alleges Harounian approached her during Saturday morning services and asked her sexually suggestive questions. She told Newsday on Monday that Harounian grabbed her arm and forced her to touch her breasts.
Her attorney, Marvyn Kornberg, said Cronin was attending Saturday services at the synagogue and a baby naming service, which followed. She first reported the alleged inappropriate acts and comments to a Rabbi and called police later that afternoon, the attorney added.
Kornberg said his client met with investigators Monday evening to review surveillance video from the temple.
Harounian could not be reached Tuesday for comment. His attorney, Melvin Roth of Garden City, called the accusations “baseless” and said his client has “an impeccable record.” Roth said Harounian doesn’t know Cronin and “denies the act completely.”
“He is a well respected member of the community,” Roth said of his client. “We’re going to fight this vigorously in court.”
A spokeswoman for the Village of Kings Point did not immediately respond to a call requesting comment.