The City of Carmel has continued to pay a vocal instructor who was charged with child seduction last year to book concerts for city events.
In August 2017, Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard told Current the city was suspending its ties with Blair Clark, who owns Coach Blair’s Voice & Performance Studio on Main Street. On June 27, a city spokesman said in an email that the city has suspended “public performances” with Clark, who has not appeared on stage at a city event since the charge.
Clark, 63, was charged with child seduction on June 1, 2017, for allegedly hugging and kissing a 17-year-old intern at his studio in a way that made her uncomfortable, according to a probable cause affidavit. He claimed the incident was a misunderstanding.
Clark books performers for city events through his business, Artists Development Company. Clark earns $1,000 per month, according to his contract with the city, and has continued to be paid the monthly fee since the child seduction charge.
The contract, signed in November 2016, states that the contract automatically renews on Jan. 1 of each year. It also states that either party may terminate the contract “without cause” upon 30 days notice.
Clark’s trial is set for July 12 in Hamilton County. Jim Crum, Clark’s attorney, declined to comment on the status of the case until after the pre-trial conference on July 2.