The deputy mayor of the Village of Kings Point was sentenced Monday to perform community service in exchange for the eventual dismissal of a harassment charge after a woman told police he inappropriately touched her at a Great Neck synagogue, according to a March 17 article in Newsday.
David Harounian, 74, agreed to perform 14 hours of community service in exchange for an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal in connection with a second-degree harassment charge, a spokesman for the Nassau County district attorney’s office said.
In six months, the charge will be dismissed and his case will be sealed if Harounian performs the required community service, abides by a do-not-harass order of protection and does not get arrested again.
Harounian – who could not be reached Monday – has not commented on the allegations and ignored questions from reporters when he was arraigned on the charge last year.
The victim in the case alleged the incident occurred on Oct. 26 while she was attending Saturday services and a baby naming ceremony at the Temple Israel of Great Neck. She told investigators that Harounian sat down next to her and offered her some candy before trying to strike up a conversation with her and her daughter.
The woman told police Harounian followed her into the lobby and later approached her to say he loved her lipstick color.
“He looked down at my breasts and said, ‘Are those real?’” the woman told police in a statement after the incident. “He grabbed my elbow, slid my forearm against my chest. I pulled my arm away and he said ‘You did not answer my question, but they are beautiful.’”
Harounian’s defense attorney, Melvyn Roth of Garden City, could not be reached Monday evening for comment. He previously told Examiner.com his client had never met the woman before, denied all of the allegations and said “there was no conversation even coming close to what is alleged in the criminal complaint.”
At the time, Roth also said his client had no intention of resigning his position as a Village of Kings Point trustee. A village spokeswoman did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment.