Thursday, January 29, 2015

Ohio rabbi accused of child sex abuse extradited to Md. 

An Ohio rabbi accused of sexually abusing a girl in Baltimore County was extradited to Maryland on Wednesday.

Frederick Martin Karp, 50, of Beachwood, Ohio, is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $5 million bail.

Karp was brought back from New York, where he had fled after charges of sexual abuse of a minor, perverted practice and second- and third-degree sex offense were brought against him earlier this month.

Investigators said they learned on New Year's Eve that a Baltimore County girl had been abused by Karp over a period of time last year. Police said the abuse happened in Baltimore County, but they didn't reveal any other details.

Police said Karp is a rabbi in Ohio and also goes by the name Ephraim Karp. Detectives said they went to Cleveland in mid-January to interview him. After an arrest warrant was issued, detectives went back Karp's Ohio home, but he wasn't there.

Baltimore County police said he was found at JFK International Airport in New York, where he was taken into custody.

Police said the investigation into Karp's actions continues. So far, they said it has not indicated that there were any incidents of abuse at any Baltimore-area Jewish facility.

Karp was the director of spiritual living at Menorah Park Center for Senior Living in Beachwood.


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