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Probation given in abuse case

A former teacher of bar mitzvah lessons who was active in Baltimore's Orthodox Jewish community has been sentenced to a suspended five-year prison term and five years of probation after having been accused of abusing two boys more than a decade ago, according to city prosecutors.

Israel Shapiro agreed to an Alford plea, and the judge entered a finding of guilt to child sexual abuse and a third-degree sex offense. Under an Alford plea, a defendant denies guilt but concedes that prosecutors have enough evidence against him for a conviction.

Baltimore Circuit Judge John P. Miller ordered Shapiro to stay away from the victims, to have no unsupervised contact with children under the age of 18, to pay $10,800 in restitution to one of the boys and to perform 300 hours of community service.

At a hearing Monday, Miller also ordered Shapiro to undergo sex offender screening and treatment, but he will not have to register as a sex offender because the registry did not exist when the incidents occurred.

Police have said in charging documents that the abuse occurred on separate occasions in September 1988 and June 1994, when the boys were 12 and 13 years old. Police said the boys were learning to chant passages from the Torah at Shapiro's home on Olympia Avenue.

Accusations against Shapiro were known throughout Baltimore's Orthodox community for years when the victims circulated fliers with his name and picture. One of the posters was put on the Web site of the Awareness Center Inc., an advocacy group on behalf of Jewish victims of sexual abuse in Baltimore.

2 shootings probed; 1 left dead, 2 injured

Baltimore police are investigating a double shooting yesterday morning that left one man dead and another injured near a Northwest Baltimore apartment building.

The shootings occurred about 6:15 a.m. on a path between the Cold Spring Station apartments in the 2500 block of Edgecombe Circle North, police said. The names of the victims and other details about the incident were not released.

Police said the killing marked the city's seventh homicide this month.

Also, police were investigating a shooting that occurred about 1:30 p.m. Monday that left a man critically wounded in East Baltimore. Police said the victim was shot multiple times as he stood in the 3100 block of McElderry St. He ran a short distance before collapsing in the 500 block of N. Robinson St.

Police said the victim was shot by a man wearing a black ski mask who came out of an alley. A motive in the attack was not known, police said.

The victim was being treated at Johns Hopkins Hospital and is expected to survive, police said.

Gus G. Sentementes

Nurse abducted and robbed

Area police were seeking a man who abducted a nurse early yesterday from her Parkville apartment building, forced her into her car, bound her hands and withdrew $500 from automated teller machines.

The woman reported that she was about to leave her apartment building on Rosecrans Place at 4:40 a.m. for her job at St. Joseph Medical Center when she was stopped by a man who implied he was armed.

He taped her hands together and forced her into the back seat of her car, a tan 2001 Toyota Corolla with tags JAX 981, police said.

Then he drove to several ATMs and used her card to withdraw money, police said.

Shortly before 5:30 a.m., the man forced her from the car at Perring Parkway and East Joppa Road and drove away. Police said the woman managed to free her hands and flag down a motorist, who called police.

Richard Irwin

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