Miami Beach rabbi accused of molestation accepts plea deal

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) — A rabbi accused of molesting a girl on Miami Beach has accepted a plea deal.

The State looked at the case thoroughly, but said there was not enough evidence to take it to trial and convict Rabbi Steve Karro for lewd and lascivious molestation. Karro will now face a charge of misdemeanor battery and nine months of probation, against the wishes of the alleged victim’s mother.

An 11-year-old girl had alleged that Karro molested her at his art gallery on 41st Street in late May. Karro was arrested and charged with lewd and lascivious molestation and denied any wrongdoing. “Very simple: It’s love, harmony, cleansing, nothing else,” he told 7News after bonding out of jail May 28. “There was nothing there inappropriate, nothing that I had violated anybody’s right.”

Once he serves his probation, this will all be behind him.

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