Ohio Rabbi Accused of Sexually Abusing Baltimore County Girl, Arrested in NYC

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Rabbi Frederick Karp (Cleveland Jewish News)
Rabbi Frederick Karp (Cleveland Jewish News)

Baltimore County police named an Ohio rabbi as the suspect in a rape case involving a young girl. Rabbi Frederick M. Karp, 50, was taken into custody at JFK International Airport in New York City after fleeing his home. 

Detectives went to Karp’s Beechwood, Ohio, home last week to interview him and obtained enough information to secure an arrest warrant. But when they returned to take him, Karp was gone. On Jan. 15, he was tracked down at JFK. He is currently being held in a New York prison, and is awaiting extradition to Maryland.

Police said only that the girl was a Baltimore County resident, and that she was allegedly abused over a “period of time.” Authorities do not believe the abuse occurred at a Jewish facility in the Baltimore area.

According to the Cleveland Jewish News, Karp also goes by Ephraim, and is director of spiritual living at Menorah Park Center for Senior Living in Beachwood. He is also president of Neshama: Association of Jewish Chaplains, formerly known as the National Association of Jewish Chaplains. When he was arrested, he was heading to Jerusalem for the organization’s annual conference, a spokesperson for Menorah Park told the Cleveland Jewish Times.



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