Music School Owner Accused
The owner of a chain of Manhattan kids music schools, charged with molesting a 9-year-old girl, was sprung on bail Tuesday and told he can't teach underage students.
Ilya Lehman, 70, was freed on a $300,000 bond after a Tuesday hearing in Manhattan Supreme Court. Justice Jill Konviser issued him strict warnings, including that he cannot teach anyone under 18 years old and must stay away from The Early Ear schools.
Bail bondsman Ira Judelson and monitoring agent Emanuel Scharon from Accurate Trace attached an electronic monitoring bracelet to Lehman's ankle as seen above in the picture before he was allowed to leave the courtroom. Judelson was put in charge of monitoring the elderly defendant.
"The defendant is precluded from attending any of his studios in the greater New York area," Konviser said. "He is not permitted to go there, to enter, to stand outside there, to loiter around the premises."
Lehman, who heard the judge's instructions through a Russian interpreter, allegedly assaulted his young pupil between September 2011 and April 2013.
Prosecutors said the girls' mother confronted the elderly musician, who gave her a hush offer, a refund and the promise he would leave the country for a year and shutter his schools.
Lehman was indicted for continued sexual conduct against a child and sexual abuse in the first degree. He pleaded not guilty at his arraignment last month.
“It's significant that my client has been teaching music to children for nearly 50 years and this is the first time an allegation like this has been made,” said Lehman's attorney Raymond Granger.
The Early Ear has two locations on the upper West Side and another on E. 78th St.