The Telegraph reports that TV chef Jamie Oliver has hired a convicted paedophile as an apprentice at one of his award-winning restaurants.
David Mason, 24, was sentenced to four years in a young offenders’ institute after admitting raping a 12-year-old girl five years ago.
He was put on the Sex Offenders’ Register indefinitely and banned from being near young girls without permission, according to reports.
On completing his sentence, he successfully applied for a much-coveted job as an apprentice at Oliver’s central London restaurant, Fifteen, which aims to help disadvantaged young people.
Mr Mason, from Feltham, Surrey, was sent to a young offender institution in September 2010 after committing the attack in July 2009, when he was 19.
He initially claimed the sex was consensual but later admitted raping a child under 13 after she told friends he had forced himself on her after she rejected his advances.
Isleworth crown court heard the assault took place after they had played a computer game together.
A spokesperson for Jamie told The Sun:
“David was completely honest about his past when he applied for the course and we decided that, as he’d served his sentence, he should be allowed a place on the programme.
“He has, so far, been an excellent student.”
Hiring and then posing with a man convicted of raping a 12-year-old is a terrible look Jamie. I think you will need to rethink your position on this matter.
Jamie Oliver has daughters himself. No doubt his attitude towards convicted paedophile David Mason would have been different, had he attacked one of his children.
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