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Sloppy Tuna’s ex-security chief faces bench warrant

A bench warrant was issued for the former

A bench warrant was issued for the former head of security at The Sloppy Tuna in Montauk, which officials cited last summer with more than a dozen noise violations. Credit: Doug Young

A bench warrant was issued Monday for the arrest of the former head of security at The Sloppy Tuna in Montauk, a popular bar, restaurant and nightclub that officials cited last summer with more than a dozen noise violations.

Judge Steven Tekulsky issued the warrant against Robert Anderson after he failed to appear in East Hampton Town Justice Court for the latest of several hearings on 12 alleged noise violations relating to the bar.

Tekulsky had repeatedly warned Anderson’s attorney, Thomas W. Horn of Sag Harbor, to have his client appear in court for all court proceedings on the alleged violations, which are misdemeanors.

Anderson, a Manhattan resident, did not respond to requests for comment Monday. He pleaded not guilty after the violations were issued last year, but has since failed to appear in court when required “at least three times,” town attorney Michael Sendlenski said in an interview after the bench warrant was issued.

Horn said Monday that he did not know why his client wasn’t in court and questioned the legality of charging an employee with the alleged offenses instead of the establishment.

“This means when he doesn’t show up , he’s subject to arrest and bail just because he’s doing his job,” Horn said, adding that Anderson could face fines of about $1,000 for each violation if found guilty.

Lawrence Kelly, a Bayport attorney who represents Drew Doscher, one of the bar’s owners, said Sendlenski has no right to bring Anderson to court because misdemeanors are the jurisdiction of the Suffolk County district attorney’s office or its authorized representatives. He said Anderson was attending to a sick relative.

“Rob Anderson’s brother is on his deathbed,” Kelly said.

After the July Fourth holiday last year, town officials started a crackdown on rowdy summertime tourist behavior, and have said The Sloppy Tuna, which is on South Emerson Avenue, is one of the most troublesome of the local bars that attract a young, disruptive crowd.

Horn said he objected to Anderson being held accountable for any alleged excessive noise at the bar when he is just an employee. He said Anderson still works at The Sloppy Tuna, though he said he did not know in what capacity.

Sendlenski said the violations were issued in June, July and August, and said he would not try the case through the media.

“It will be dealt with in a court of law,” he said.

Don’t bring on the noise

Those found guilty of noise violations in East Hampton Town face fines and imprisonment:

  • The punishment for a first offense is a fine of up to $1,000;
  • A second offense carries a fine of $1,000 to $2,500;
  • A third offense carries a fine of $2,500 to $10,000;
  • First, second and third offenses are also punishable with jail time up to 15 days.

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