County Exec Joins Battle Between Putnam Sheriff, DA

Friday, Mar 29, 2013  |  Updated 5:49 PM EDT
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DA's Ex-Personal Trainer Accused of Raping Girl, 12

Alexandru Hossu, 35, was arrested Wednesday.

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DA's Ex-Personal Trainer Accused of Raping Girl, 12

Alexandru Hossu, Putnam County personal trainer who once lived in the home of District Attorney Adam Levy, the son of TV's Judge Judy, is accused of raping a 12-year-old girl he knew three years ago. Tracie Strahan has more.
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Another Putnam County officeholder is getting involved in a child-rape case that has put the sheriff and district attorney at odds.

  The case has won extra attention because the suspect is the personal trainer of District Attorney Adam Levy and recently lived with him. Levy is the son of TV's "Judge Judy'' Sheindlin.
 
Levy recused himself from the case. But county Sheriff Donald Smith has accused the district attorney of continuing to interfere with the investigation. Levy, in turn, fired back, accusing the sheriff of making false allegations.
 
On Friday, County Executive MaryEllen Odell suggested that the sheriff's office also recuse itself. She said neither agency may have the objectivity needed to guarantee fairness.
 
In response, the sheriff said Odell was unqualified to comment on the case.

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