10-13-2010 New York:
A Riverside man charged with harassing a registered sex offender working at a local motel was assigned a new lawyer during a court appearance on Tuesday.
Kevin Zorn, who was originally scheduled to be arraigned on second-degree harassment charges on October 12 in Southampton Town Justice Court, was instead assigned a new lawyer and will now return to court sometime in November.
Mr. Zorn is charged with harassing Ralph Blasi, a Level 3 sex offender who lives and works at the Budget Host East End motel near the Riverside traffic circle, this past summer. According to a deposition filed by Mr. Blasi, Mr. Zorn “bumped his chest against mine” while both men were inside Marta’s Deli in Riverside on July 31. In the document, Mr. Blasi also alleges that Mr. Zorn “continued to verbally abuse me as I tried to make my way past him,” and that Mr. Zorn followed him from the deli to the motel and spit on him.
Mr. Zorn, who previously stated that Mr. Blasi tried to hide his criminal record by using the name Ralph Smith, on Tuesday repeated his complaints about Mr. Blasi.
“I feel like the victim now,” Mr. Zorn said while standing outside Southampton Town Justice Court in Hampton Bays. “This is a crazy world when a man who did what he did is living in my neighborhood.”
Mr. Blasi has already secured an order of protection against Mr. Zorn that forbids him from walking or driving on Riverleigh Avenue. On Tuesday, Mr. Zorn said the order is problematic for him because it will prevent him from walking to MacLeod’s Mobile Home Park, which is located just south of the motel, where he is employed as a handyman.
“I go down that road every single day—I can’t avoid it,” Mr. Zorn said, adding that he is being forced to violate the order of protection. “Once it’s official, he can call the cops.” ..Source.. by Laura Cooper