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Ohio rabbi sentenced to 22 years in Baltimore Co. sexual abuse case

An Ohio rabbi was sentenced to 22 years in prison after pleading guilty in Baltimore County Circuit Court last week to sexual abuse charges.

Frederick Karp, 51, pleaded guilty to sexual abuse of a minor and third-degree sex offense. He had been scheduled to go to trial Oct. 28.

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Judge Robert E. Cahill Jr. sentenced Karp to a total of 35 years -— with all but 22 years suspended — and five years of probation upon release, said prosecutor Lisa Dever, chief of the sex offense and child abuse division at the Baltimore County state's attorney's office.

Karp was arrested in January after police alleged he had sexually abused a Baltimore County girl over a period of time when visiting her family. Authorities discovered there were two other female victims, Dever said.

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Some of the abuse had occurred in the Cleveland area, and prosecutors there agreed to allow Baltimore County to handle prosecution, Dever said.

Karp formerly worked as spiritual-living director Menorah Park Center for Senior Living in Beachwood, Ohio. He also served as president of Neshama: Association of Jewish Chaplains until his membership was suspended after his arrest.

The attorney listed for him in court records did not respond to a message seeking comment.

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