Arizona Rabbi Arrested on NYC Rape Allegation

Tuesday, Mar 23, 2010  |  Updated 10:15 PM EDT
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Arizona Rabbi Arrested on NYC Rape Allegation

U.S. Marshals

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A rabbi accused of raping a 7-year-old girl in New York a decade ago was arrested Tuesday outside his Arizona synagogue.

Authorities say 45-year-old Bryan Bramly was taken into custody in the parking lot of the Temple Beth Sholom Synagogue in Chandler by the members of the U.S. Marshals Child Predator Apprehension Team and detectives with the New York Police Department's Manhattan Child Abuse Unit.

They say Bramly is accused of raping the girl in March 2000 when she was spending the night at his family's home on the Upper West Side. It allegedly happened as he was completing his studies to become a rabbi.

Bramly, received his rabbinical ordination and his Degree of Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York in 2006, according to his temple's website in Arizona.

The girl, now 17, reported the rape to the authorities in August 2009, but her reason for not coming forward sooner was unclear Tuesday.

Authorities say Bramly was being held in a downtown Phoenix jail awaiting extradition to New York.

It was not immediately known if he had a lawyer.

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