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Sacramento police report additional alleged victim in sex abuse case involving church choir director

Sacramento police report that additional charges have been filed against a man arrested last month on suspicion of assaulting a teenager he met while working as a church choir director. The new charges came after another alleged victim recently came forward.

Kareem Abdul Mitchell, 42, was arrested Feb. 3, following an investigation that began in September 2014, when police received a report of an alleged sexual relationship, initiated by Mitchell, that had occurred several years earlier and involved a minor in his late teens. The initial alleged victim, who is now an adult, indicated that the relationship began in 2005 and ended in 2008. The investigation revealed that Mitchell met the victim while working as a choir director at the New Testament Baptist Church in North Highlands, according to a Police Department news release.

Police said similar allegations were leveled against Mitchell twice before, while he was working as a choir director, but no charges were ever filed.

Mitchell was taken into custody Feb. 3 at police headquarters after being interviewed by detectives. He was booked at that time on suspicion of multiple sexual offenses.

Police said the investigation is continuing. Anyone with information pertaining to the case is asked to call the department’s dispatch center at (916) 264-5471, or Crime Alert at (916) 443-4357, or text a tip to 274637. Enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

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