Blair pleads guilty to rape



INDIAN LAKE - William J. Blair of Indian Lake has pleaded guilty to second-degree rape and endangering the welfare of a child.

Blair, 28, admitted to having a three-year sexual relationship with a girl starting when she was 13 years old. He was arrested June 25.

He will be sentenced Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 1:30 p.m. in Hamilton County Court. In the meantime he is confined to Hamilton County Jail.

The charges are a result of the victim's age, not because she was forced. In New York state the age for legal consent to engage in sex is 17.

A person is guilty of rape in the second degree when s/he engages in sexual intercourse with a person less than 15 years old or who is incapable of consent by reason of being mentally disabled or mentally incapacitated.

Rape in the second degree is a class D felony punishable by four to seven years in prison. Endangering the welfare of a child is a class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail.