A chazan has been found guilty of sexual offences against a teenage girl.
Jason Blair, 47, from Mill Hill, was convicted of three counts of sexual assault against the girl at St Albans Crown Court on Friday. The first offence took place when she was 13 years of age, the second two when she was 14. They occurred between January and February 2016. He will be sentenced on 22 May.
A spokesman for the Crown Prosecution Service said the assaults occurred between January 2015 and February 2016, “the circumstances being that the touching was sexual, the victim did not consent to it, and Jason Blair did not reasonably believe that the victim consented”.
Blair, of Halegrove Gardens, sexually abused the girl in Cheshunt, when he had been performing in an amateur dramatics production of ‘Sleeping Beauty.’
In court Blair denied the charges and pleaded ‘not guilty,’ saying: “Not only did it never happen, just even thinking about it is horrendous. I never did it – it never happened.”
Blair is known as a glass-blower and events manager, occasionally doing bar and bat mitzvahs and other family simchas. He also acted as a bar mitzvah tutor.