On April 14, 2008, Rabbi Yehuda Kolko, a 62-year-old Brooklyn yeshiva teacher charged with sexually molesting two students, pleaded guilty to lesser charges of child endangerment. Under the plea agreement, Kolko made no admission of sexual wrongdoing and did not have to register as a sex offender or serve any time in prison. Rabbi Kolko was sentenced to three years’ probation.
After deliberating for less than half an hour, a six-person jury Tuesday afternoon acquitted Rabbi Yehuda Kolko on charges he violated an order of protection requiring him to refrain from contact with a boy whose family brought sex abuse charges against him in 2007.
Rabbi Kolko was allowed in that case to plead to reduced charges of child endangerment and received three years probation, but did not have to register as a sex offender. The protection order was also part of the plea deal.
At least eight arrests happened before Orthodox community effort was launched, Jewish Week finds.
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At least eight sex abuse cases identified by the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office as Kol Tzedek cases were actually reported years before the advent of the confidential hotline, The Jewish Week has learned. This information calls into question the reliability of the statistics the DA has used to tout the success of the hotline.
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