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Felony Contempt Is Charged

Thu, 03/16/2023 - 08:59

A 39-year-old Florida man has been charged in East Hampton Town with felony criminal contempt after a domestic incident in which police said he showed up drunk at a Montauk residence and harassed a person whom he had been ordered to stay away from.

Chase Dorsey Curran of Margate, Fla., who was charged with misdemeanor criminal contempt on March 2, was arrested again shortly after midnight on March 5 at the same house, on Hoover Court in Montauk, which had initially been listed as his current address. According to this week’s police report, Mr. Curran “did physically wrestle” with the protected individual, ripping an earring out of that person’s ear. East Hampton Town Justice Lisa R. Rana had issued the order of protection on Sept. 28, 2022, with an expiration date of Sept. 27, 2024.

Mr. Curran was also charged March 5 with another count of criminal contempt, this one a misdemeanor, because Justice Rana had not only ordered him to stay away from the person, but also prohibited him from being intoxicated or under the influence of drugs in that person’s presence.

His original charge was second-degree harassment, a violation, levied on Sept. 25, 2022. At that time, Justice Rana released him on his own recognizance.

During Mr. Curran’s arraignment later in the day on March 5, Town Justice Steven Tekulsky — who had released the defendant on his own recognizance after the incident three days prior — set cash bail at $2,000, which Mr. Curran did not post. He has been remanded to the county jail in Riverside and is due back in court on April 12.

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