By Ian Lee CBS NEWS
Tel Aviv — It’s a tense stakeout, waiting for Jimmy Julius Karow to appear. He is a wanted man and is considered dangerous. Accused of sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl in Oregon in 2000, he fled to Israel before authorities in the U.S. could apprehend him or figure out where he went.
Karow has been running from U.S. law enforcement ever since. Currently INTERPOL, an inter-governmental policing organization that works with 194 countries, has a Red Notice to alert police worldwide that he’s a fugitive, CBS reported on Wednesday.
Two years after he fled the U.S., Karow was convicted by an Israeli court of child molestation in a separate case. He served time and was released. Now another alleged Israeli victim has come forward, saying he began abusing her when she was 5-years-old, and continued for years.
Karow has successfully evaded authorities by moving between communities in Israel for almost two decades, and he is not alone.
A widespread problem
The Jerusalem Post revealed “another alleged sex offender mentioned in the CBS report is Mordechai Yomtov, who pleaded guilty in 2002 to abusing three boys before fleeing to Israel.
JCW was able to track him down in Jerusalem, where he is living illegally, and spoke to him while recording him with a hidden camera.
Unlike Karow, Yomtov, asked forgiveness from his victims in the televised report.”
“I’m very, very sorry,” he said, “I hope that God will help every single person who went through this. Please forgive me.”
“Yomtov did not admit to any wrongdoing in the case of Mendy Hauck, who was allegedly abused as an eight-year-old when Yomtov worked as a Hebrew teacher. The reported offenses took place in 1999.
Police arrested Yomtov in 2001 for sexually assaulting three other boys, aged 8 to 10, at a Los Angeles cheder (religious school for boys). According to the Forward, He pleaded guilty, served a year in jail and was required to register as a sex offender. Once freed on probation in 2002, however, Yomtov fled the US via Mexico, where he was able to continue fleeing to Israel with a fake passport. He remains at large to this day,” FEBRUARY 20, 2020, Jerusalem Post Staff
If JCW was able to track both men down, it is unclear why both US and Israeli law enforcement could not.