He’s going to prison for a very, very long time. Rabbi Frederick “Ephraim “ Karp was sentenced to 35 years in prison (with 13 of those years suspended, leaving a total of 22 years to be served) to be followed by five years of supervised probation for sexually abusing two children and one teenage adult over the course of several years.
Above: Rabbi Frederick “Ephraim “ Karp
Rabbi Ephraim Karp Sentenced To Serve 22 Years In Prison
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
He’s going to prison for a very, very long time.
Rabbi Frederick “Ephraim “ Karp was sentenced to 35 years in prison (with 13 of those years suspended, leaving a total of 22 years to be served) to be followed by five years of supervised probation for sexually abusing two children and one teenage adult over the course of several years, the Cleveland Jewish News reported.
All three victims are females.
The 51-year-old Karp, the immediate past president of Neshama: Association of Jewish Chaplains and the director of spiritual living at Menorah Park Center for Senior Living in Beachwood, Ohio (a suburb of Cleveland), pleaded guilty to the sex abuse and to committing a third-degree sex offense yesterday in Baltimore County, Maryland Circuit Court.
Neshama suspended Karp in January after his arrest was reported. He was fired from Menorah Park over the summer.
Baltimore County Prosecutor Lisa Dever didn’t think Karp’s sentence was harsh enough.
“We believed he deserved to go to prison for 30 years, based on the fact that two of the three victims in this case were under 18 at the time the events occurred. But I feel based on the information that the judge had heard from both the defense and the state, the sentences are reasonable sentences,” Dever said.
Some of the abuse took place in Baltimore County while other incidents took place in Beachwood, Ohio. Karp’s plea covered the crimes committed at both locations through an agreement with Ohio prosecutors.
“Cleveland agreed we could take the lead on the prosecution and that we would encompass their events in our plea,” Dever said.
Karp’s trial had been scheduled to begin on October 28. He was originally indicted on February 23, 2015 in Baltimore County on charges of sexual abuse of a minor, continuing course of conduct; perverted practice; and both second- and third-degree sex offenses.