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A Yonkers official and a former public-relations executive for Pepsico were indicted today on charges of sexually molesting a Westchester County teen-ager whom they had met separately through the Internet. Pirro, said in a news conference that the charges stemmed from a continuing investigation into the killing of a year-old Yonkers boy whose body was found alongside the Saw Mill River Parkway in January.
There was no suggestion that either man was a suspect in the murder case. James Surdoval, 42, who was chief of staff to Terence M. Zaleski, the former Yonkers Mayor, and who is currently an economic development official for the city, was arrested on charges of third-degree sodomy and endangering the welfare of. Patrick Murphy, 45, who had worked in public relations for Pepsico in Purchase, N.
The final count accuses Mr. Murphy, who is infected with H. Zambelli of Westchester County Court. The two arrests were the latest in an investigation by the Westchester County District Attorney's office into the abuse of the Internet by suspected pedophiles.
More arrests are expected, Ms. Pirro said. Last week, another Westchester County man was indicted on charges that he sexually abused four boys whom he had met through the Internet. The man, Robert D. DeRosario, 36, who was already awaiting trial on 17 counts of sexually molesting and sodomizing five other boys, is a suspect in the killing of Orlandito Rosario Maldonado of Yonkers, law enforcement officials said.
The boy was last seen in Mr. DeRosario's apartment building in Yonkers. It was not known if Mr. Murphy and Mr. Surdoval knew each other or knew of each other's contacts with the Westchester boy, who is 15 years old, Ms. Surdoval, who lives in Yonkers, had one sexual encounter with the boy, in Julyofficials said, whereas Mr.
Murphy, of Port Chester, had ''numerous encounters'' Chat sex in Yonkers him between November and January People in Yonkers politics reacted with shock and dismay today upon learning of the charges against Mr. Surdoval, a respected policy maker who had also worked closely with Mayor Nicholas C. Wascisko during the city's housing desegregation battle in the 's. Surdoval's lawyer, Neal Comer, did not return a phone call left at his office. Bob Donnelly, a friend of Mr. Surdoval who is a lawyer in New York City, said Mr.
Surdoval phoned him today to tell him of his arrest. Donnelly said.
Mayor John Spencer of Yonkers issued a statement today that read in part: ''To those who would rush to judgment in this matter, I urge restraint. The filing of charges is simply a prosecutor's formal accusation, and it is the first step in a legal process with a time-honored tradition of presuming the accused innocent unless proved otherwise. We support Jim and will await the outcome of these legal proceedings.
The statement went on to say that Mr. Surdoval would ''continue as director of the Office of Downtown and Waterfront Development during the course of this matter. Surdoval a ''person of high integrity'' and a ''prodigious public servant.
Few details about Mr. Murphy's former job at Pepsico were available today. A spokeswoman for Pepsico, Elaine Franklin, said only that he left in early after going on ''long-term disability.
Pirro said that on Thursday, her office planned to mail pamphlets to public libraries and schools across Westchester, warning of the possible dangers faced by children who use the Internet unsupervised. She urged parents and adults to tell children not to give their names or addresses to anyone they meet through Internet chat rooms and to warn them not to make arrangement to meet them in person. View on timesmachine.
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2 Are Indicted In Sex Abuse Of a Boy Met On Internet