A Manhattan firefighter was arrested at a Saturday night party in Bayside after he allegedly had a sexual encounter with a 6-year-old girl who walked in while he was using the bathroom, police said this week.
Firefighter Kenneth Dorsey, 41, of 84 Ludlam Rd. in Elmont, L.I. was arraigned Sunday evening before Criminal Court Judge Suzanne Melendez on charges of first-degree sodomy and endangering the welfare of a child, a spokeswoman for the Queens district attorneys office said. A Fire Department spokesman said Dorsey currently serves with a Manhattan firehouse and has been on the job for 12 years.
The spokesman, Firefighter James Maguire, said Dorsey was suspended from the FDNY after his arrest where he would remain until the case is resolved.
Dorsey, whose bail was set at $10,000, has denied the charges. The firefighter was due back in court Friday, the Queens DAs office said.
A woman who answered the phone at Dorseys Long Island home Monday did not comment on the firefighters arrest and said she was about to contact lawyers on his behalf.
The victim, 6, is the daughter of the couple who hosted the Bayside party, said police, who did not disclose the location of the event. Dorsey was a guest at the party, authorities said.
Dorsey allegedly asked the girl to kiss his penis after she entered a bathroom he was using and she complied, according to the criminal complaint.
The complaint also said the girl, who ran out of the bathroom, told her parents immediately after the alleged incident. The parents then called police, authorities said.
After the child and Dorsey left the bathroom, the criminal complaint said, the girl ran to her mother and supposedly pointed to Dorsey and said that she just kissed that mans private parts.
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said in a statement that the allegations are extremely serious (and) warrant prosecution to the full extent of the law.
Reach reporter Kathianne Boniello by e-mail at Timesledger@aol.com or call 229-0300, Ext. 157.
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