North Miami City Attorney Barry Kutun, 64, was arrested Tuesday after he was implicated in a sex scandal involving a 16-year-old girl.
...IN TROUBLE: North Miami City Attorney Barry Kutun, 64, surrenders to detectives at the North Miami Police headquarters.
CARL JUSTE/MIAMI HERALD STAFFIN TROUBLE: North Miami City Attorney Barry Kutun, 64, surrenders to detectives at the North Miami Police headquarters.
finally faced the law, and the details were extra lurid.
Seven months after the discovery of an affidavit disclosing his
alleged sexual tryst with a teenage girl, the disgraced North Miami city attorney and one-time gubernatorial candidate was cuffed Tuesday just outside his
The charges: two counts of unlawful sex with a minor.
And detectives disclosed many tabloidesque tidbits:
city computer, Kutun
trolled the Internet on a site called AdultFriend Finder.com.The former state representative also kept in his
hard drive at least one nude photo of himself posed on a bed.
Most damning, police say: Kutun
doled out cash, radios and TVs to have unprotected sex with a 16-year-old.
The teen told detectives she
had sex with him in his
Miami Beach condominium, remembering it had "multiple taxidermy preserved animals," according to a Beach arrest warrant.
Kutun's arrest caps a bizarre and politically charged investigation that began in January when an affidavit detailing the alleged sex mysteriously surfaced in City Hall mailboxes.
It was prepared by Kutun
, 64, signed by a Hollywood woman who allegedly arranged the sexual encounters with the teen -- and notarized by a city-employed paralegal.
His attorney, Richard Sharpstein, said Kutun
never had sex with the teen and claimed the original affidavit was altered to look more damning toward his client.
The arrest was "politically motivated" by factions that never wanted Kutun
as the city attorney, Sharpstein said.
Detectives went to arrest Kutun
on Tuesday morning.As word leaked and television news cameras staked out his
office, the detectives left empty-handed.
An hour later, Kutun
showed up at North Miami police headquarters.
The document, dated Oct. 18, 2005, stated that Kutun
paid for sex with Orenbuch, who later arranged encounters with the teen.
...On Jan. 9, Kutun admitted to sex with the teen in a meeting called by Mayor Burns with North Miami Police Chief Gwendolyn Boyd and Assistant Chief Douglas Brown, police said.
thought the girl was 18 -- and that she
showed him ID.He
prepared the affidavit because a friend of Orenbuch had threatened to expose him.Kutun
paid the man $2,000, according to the October affidavit.
The previous month, Hollywood had closed its investigation because Orenbuch and the teen denied having sex with Kutun
took a voluntary leave of absence, but returned to his
$170,000-a-year job advising the city on its legal matters pending the outcome of the investigation.
Police said they analyzed the contents of the computer's hard-drive and learned Kutun
had accessed Adult FriendFinder.com, which features sexually explicit photos.
The next break came when Rhymer discovered the teen had signed into the visitor's log at City Hall to "drop something off to Barry
also had the nude teen pose provocatively, according to the arrest warrant.
SEX AT CONDO
detailed for detectives exact locations where they had sex, including his
Miami Beach condominium.
"[Kutun] paid her
for sex each time," according to the arrest warrant.