Baltimore rabbi convicted of sexual offense

(JTA) — A longtime Baltimore-area rabbi was convicted of sexual offense.

Rabbi Jacob Aaron Max was found guilty Monday of sex offense in the fourth degree and second degree assault for molesting a female employee of a funeral home in December of last year, the Baltimore Jewish Times reported.

Max, 85, is the rabbi emeritus of the Moses Montefiore Anshe Emunah Hebrew Congregation, which is better known as Pikesville’s Liberty Jewish Center. He has been active in the Baltimore Jewish community for more than six decades.

Max will appeal the Baltimore County District Court judge’s verdict, his attorney told the Baltimore Jewish times. The sentence for Max’s verdict is a suspended one-year prison sentence and one year of court-ordered unsupervised probation. A new trial in County Circuit Court could involve a jury.

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