Feds file suit against 'Super' pervert and landlord

April 21, 2010
It turns out being sleazy is a violation of federal housing law. Manhattan's US Attorney has filed a civil lawsuit claiming a sex-offender building superintendent went afoul of the Fair Housing Act by propositioning his female tenants.
     High-risk pedophile, William Barnason is the target of the suit. The civil action accuses Barnason, 57, of demanding sexual favors in return for promises of reduced rent, and apartment upgrades.
     According to the complaint, the sex-hungry super systematically harassed and threatened women in three Upper West Side buildings since at least 2007. Building owner, Stanley Katz, has since fired the "super" pervert, but Katz is also named in the lawsuit.