Kolko Allegedly Intimidating Boy Set To Testify In Abuse Case
11/19/10
Special to the Jewish Week
Photo Galleria: 

The father of a 12-year-old boy who alleges that he was sexually molested by Rabbi Yehuda Kolko has filed a criminal complaint against Kolko for violating a protection order signed after the rabbi plead guilty in 2008 to two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, The Jewish Week has learned

.

The boy’s family brought criminal charges against Rabbi Kolko in 2007, which — along with charges made by the family of another boy — resulted in Kolko’s guilty plea.

The father told The Jewish Week that in the complaint, made at the 70th Precinct Wednesday night, he alleges that Rabbi Kolko stopped and glared at him and his son as they made their way to shul in Brooklyn last Friday night. The boy noticed Kolko’s actions and alerted his father. The father said in the complaint that the boy was frightened and unable to sleep as a result. According to the father this was not the first instance of Rabbi Kolko allegedly violating the order.

The protection order restricts Rabbi Kolko from having any contact with the boy.

“This shows [Kolko] doesn’t give a damn for the courts,” the father told The Jewish Week. “My son is now reliving this thing that happened [to him] four years ago.”

A spokesman for the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, Jerry Schmetterer, told The Jewish Week, “We are aware of the complaint and are in touch with the family’s attorney.”

The boy’s family has also filed a civil suit against Yeshiva Torah Temimah, where Rabbi Kolko was employed as a first-grade teacher and where the abuse is alleged to have taken place in 2005.

That trial is scheduled to begin in March of 2011. The boy is set to testify at that trial.

“Any belief on the part of Kolko and his fellow conspirators that this scare tactic will work is 100 percent wrong,” said Michael Dowd, the attorney representing the boy’s family. “The audacity of these people only makes my client and his family stronger in their determination to bring these people to justice.”

Last Update:

09/11/2011 - 06:40

Comment Guidelines

The Jewish Week feels comments create a valuable conversation and wants to feature your thoughts on our website. To make everyone feel welcome, we won't publish comments that are profane, irrelevant, promotional or make personal attacks.

I have now idea if teh allegation is true, but "he was glaring at the kid in the street" .. Now how do you distinguish that from looking; or looking with pain at people that [he maintains falsely] ruined him.

Sometimes a glare is just a glare and no amount of spin can show otherwise.

This sad story is another reason that New York's childhood sexual abuse laws need to be strengthened. How many victims of childhood sexual abuse by representatives of the Jewish faith are there in New York who are unable to bring their cases forward because of statutes of limitation? The leadership in the Jewish faith along with the leadership of the Roman Catholic Faith in New York have been vicious in their opposition of statute of limitation reform. No blessings will be received by either faith community by such actions. Shalom. Sister Maureen Paul Turlish Victims' Advocate New Castle, Delaware maureenpaulturlish@yahoo.com www.childvictimsvoice.com www.napsac.us www.nationalcac.org

Add comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
By submitting this form, you accept the Mollom privacy policy.