Yosef Kolko, Former Camp Counselor, Admits Sex Abuse

Lakewood teacher is nephew of Brooklyn rabbi accused of similar crimes.

05/13/13
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A former counselor at a summer camp run by a yeshiva in Lakewood, N.J., admitted three days into his trial to sexually abusing a boy.

Yosef Kolko, 39, made the admission on Monday after two more victims, a male and a female, came forward, the Asbury Park Press reported.

Kolko pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual assault, attempted aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault and child endangerment. His bail was revoked.

He admitted to committing the sexual assaults on the boy while he was a counselor at a camp run by the Yeshiva Bais Hatorah School.

Kolko was accused of sexually abusing the boy when he was 11 and 12 in 2008 and 2009. The boy and his family have since moved to Michigan.

Kolko’s attorney, Michael Bachner, said his client was “extremely remorseful,” apologizes to the victim and hopes after treatment “to return to society as a benefit to it,” The Associated Press reported.

Kolko, also a teacher at Yeshiva Orchos Chaim in Lakewood, could be sentenced to up to 40 years in prison, but state Superior Court Judge Francis Hodgson has said he would consider no more than 15 years, according to the Asbury Park Press.

Before sentencing, Kolko will be evaluated at the state Corrections Department’s Adult Diagnostic and Treatment Center in the Avenel section of Woodbridge to determine if he is a repetitive and compulsive sexual offender, according to the newspaper.

Kolko is the nephew of Rabbi Yehudah Kolko, who has been accused of molesting students at Yeshivah Torah Temimah in Brooklyn. The elder Kolko pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge in a 2008 plea deal that allowed him to avoid being registered as a sex offender.

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I cannot understand why members of the haredi community do not hold their rabbis responsible for placing protection of their cultural norms above protecting haredi children. These rabbis tell their followers not to report child sexual abuse to the police, and when the victim and their family do so, they are vilified, threatened and shunned by their community, all withnthe approval of the rabbi. This has for to stop.

Elokim, of course he is a repeat offender. We already have three victims prepared to testify, despite the awful inhumane sinful criminal backlash in the Lakewood community. Will they all have to move? Did the older KOLKO abuse him, it matters not an iota, Many many, far too many, children are abused, in Yeshiva, and at home, and do not go on to be abusers. Hahefech,. Many pour loving kindness onto their children, more than most ego-involved parents, to make sure that their kids grow up healthy, well, that is a comparative word, and too many factors, not just nature and nurture, but the soul they were born with (I know that is a highly controversial statement).
They should get out of that hell hole, my own personal opinion. Albeit finding a compatible, non-corrupted charedi community is difficult if not impossible. Over the years, as they all have gone OCD, and psychotic (my opinion) so has Young Israel moved in that direction, but just moved.. The YI of today, bears no resemblance to that of my childhood, where i studied three times a week. Not being a part of this frum psychosis, but after following all of this..... expletive deleted ....stuff, i suggest moving to a YI community. New Hyde Park, Great Neck, Hollywood Fla. et al, despite the OCD mentality and out machmiring their neighbors, thy are probably the best of all possible worlds for a frum family. Where else, SATMAR, not LOL, absurd, the most evil and corrupt of them all. child abuse, E-Rate abuse, brother fighting brother, they are interbred and brainwashed and braindamaged from the interbreeding and from following their cult leaders.

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