A Long Island farm owner and businessman has been accused of repeatedly raping his niece subjecting her to three years of abuse.
Steven Mezynieski, who was arrested and charged with sexual assault last August, has entered a not guilty plea to the charges.
The teenager says in the civil lawsuit filed in Suffolk County Supreme Court that the 44-year-old first sexually assaulted her when she was 15 years old on vacation in Punta Gorda in Florida, according to the New York Daily News.
Mezynieski, who owns Driftwood Farms and the Steven Mezynieski, Inc., excavation firm, is also accused of using rope to restrain the teen in order to perform oral sex on her without consent.
That particular incident allegedly took place at the Driftwood Farms property that he purchased for $2million with his wife, Gretchen.
The lawsuit, which was filed on Thursday, alleges that the abuse took place between 2012 and 2014.
In the summer of 2014, he allegedly pushed the victim, then 18, onto a bed and forced her to have intercourse while she tried to fend him off, the court documents say.
“This man is a sick human being,” the girl’s lawyer, Rosemarie Arnold, told the Daily News.
His arrest followed an investigation by the State Police Troop L Major Crimes Unit.
Mezynieski’s lawyer, Edward Burke, told reporters at the time of the arrest that his client ‘adamantly denies the charges leveled against him’.
Following Hurricane Sandy Mezynieski’s excavation company helped rebuild many of the dunes protecting multi-million dollar homes along the oceanfront, according to Construction Equipment Guide.
If convicted, Mezynieski faces 25 years in prison.