Kippah with Star of David
Kippah with Star of David

A Jewish rabbi in Manchester who is facing child sex abuse charges has gone on the run, sparking a police alert.

Rabbi Todros Gryhaus is wanted by police investigating claims of sexual abuse in the Jewish community in Manchester.

He was charged with indecent assault and sexual assault against children in December. More than one child was affected, said police.

They put out alert when it was discovered that Gryhaus, 48, had disappeared from his Salford home, thereby breaching his bail conditions.

IBTimes UK contacted the small business run by the rabbi and was told his whereabouts were unknown.

"I don't know when he will be back," said a spokesman for FastPay, a debt collection agency.

Todros's disappearance comes only weeks after the airing of a TV documentary on hidden child sex abuse rocked the Jewish community in Britain.

A Greater Manchester Police spokesman told IBTimes UK: "He has failed to reside at his designated bail address and therefore breached his conditions.

"Inquiries are ongoing to establish his whereabouts."

Delays in reporting

FastPay was allegedly involved in Rangers FC in the period before it went into liquidation. The club reportedly used FastPay to manage season ticket payments from fans.

Senior rabbis in Britain called on sex abuse victims to tell police in the aftermath of the Cutting Edge documentary, Britain's Hidden Child Abuse, was screened on Channel 4 in early January.

The Rabbinical Council of the United Synagogue said: "Delays in reporting abuse can cause vital evidence to be lost, allowing the abusers to continue violating our children.

"We must all ensure that the children of our communities will be protected by reporting abuse to the authorities wherever it takes place."