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Violinist Wrongfully Arrested In Sex Abuse Case

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BALTIMORE (AP) — The city of Baltimore has paid a $200,000 settlement to a violinist and music teacher who was wrongfully arrested in a child sex abuse case.

The settlement was approved by the city’s spending board in March, but public documents did not reveal what the $200,000 was for.

The Daily Record of Baltimore reports that it came down to an error by a police detective. The suspect in the case was named Yisroel Shapiro, but the detective searched for his address by entering the name “Y. Shapiro” in a database.

That search turned up Yakov Shapiro, an immigrant from the former Soviet Union who lives in Germantown. Police arrested him in November 2007, and it took them nearly a week to realize their mistake and arrest Yisroel Shapiro, who later pleaded guilty.

Yakov Shapiro’s attorney says his client is still haunted by the ordeal.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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