Tempe bar owner accused of sexually abusing woman during job interview

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by Jennifer Thomas

azfamily.com

Posted on July 8, 2014 at 7:58 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 11 at 12:16 PM

TEMPE, Ariz. -- A Tempe bar owner is accused of inappropriately touching a job applicant and videotaping her undressing.

Jay Kennedy Johari, 35, of Gilbert, was arrested July 2 and released from jail with electronic monitoring. He faces two counts of sexual abuse and two counts of unlawful videotaping.

The then 20-year-old woman told police she was interviewing for a job at the Vintage Lounge and Grill in October 2012.

She said Johari told her to bring a bikini and a cocktail dress to change into, according to the court records. She said Johari left her alone in the bar's office to change but did not inform her that there was video surveillance in the office.

She reportedly undressed down to her bra one time and to only her underwear without a bra the other. The surveillance camera recorded the woman undressing.

The woman told police she fell asleep inside the bar's office after she was given numerous alcoholic beverages for approximately two hours. She said she awoke to Johari touching and kissing her.

"This young lady, she fell asleep on the couch," says Tempe Police Sgt. Mike Pooley. "She wanted nothing to do with this. She wanted nobody touching her. She wanted nothing to do with Mr. Johari having any kind of actions like this. And that's a critical part in this investigation, is that he took advantage of her, and now he's going to have to face the charges for it."

Johari and friend Marvin Brown are accused of deleting chunks of surveillance video.

Police were able to recover portions of the video, which reportedly showed Johari groping the woman after she had fallen asleep.

DNA tests conducted by the Department of Public Safety did not show Johari's DNA on the victim's body, according to court records.

At this time, police have not commented on the timing of the arrest.
 

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