PIKESVILLE, Md. (WBFF) - A Pikesville synagogue has suspended its longtime rabbi for possible past sexual misconduct with a teenager.
Temple Oheb Shalom confirmed that Rabbi Steven Fink, who has been at the pulpit since 1999, is being suspended with pay.
"We were deeply troubled to learn of an allegation of an improper incident of a sexual nature that may have occurred many years ago involving our Senior Rabbi and a then teenager, who was a minor at the time," wrote the temple in a statement.
"As required by law, we promptly reported this matter to Maryland authorities. We also reported it to the Central Conference of American Rabbis ("CCAR"). We learned on Tuesday evening that CCAR provided written notice to Rabbi Fink," the statement continued. "We informed Rabbi Fink yesterday that he is suspended, with pay."
"While this is a painful situation for all those involved and to our congregation, we will always take actions we believe are most protective of children. We are transitioning the interim clergy leadership of the Temple to others, including our Rabbi Emeritus, Donald Berlin. All Temple functions continue uninterrupted and the spiritual needs of our congregation, including life cycle events, holidays and pastoral care will continue to be served as usual," the statement read.