Wednesday, September 12, 2007

UPDATE: Case of Rabbi Yehuda Kolko (AKA: Joel Kolko)

Rabbi Yehuda Kolko

Rabbi Yehuda Kolko accused of molesting boy
By Scott Shifrel
New York Daily News
September 13, 2007

A rabbi in a tallith, black hat and handcuffs was hauled before a Brooklyn judge hours before the Jewish New Year yesterday for allegedly molesting another boy at a Midwood yeshiva.

Rabbi Yehuda Kolko - already out on $10,000 bail on charges of sexually assaulting two other male students - rocked back and forth on his feet as his lawyer argued with the judge about bail on new charges that he molested a first-grader at the school in 2005.

"This is the holiest time of the year and to [increase] bail at this time is punitive," lawyer Jeffrey Schneider said, arguing that the charges stemmed from a malcontent who had it in for the 61-year-old Kolko. "[The higher bail is] just bizarre."

"Counselor, you chose this time to surrender him," Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Cassandra Mullen shot back.

She raised the bail to $50,000 bond, $25,000 cash.

Kolko's wife, (NAME REMOVED), brought the cash within the hour and he was released in time to pray at evening Rosh Hashanah services.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

His prayers are worthless, that piece of scum. All the Jewish souls who he has hurt are crying out to god and his prayers will not be heard. Why does the Jewish community persist in standing by him? How can any shul let his voice join theirs in prayer? He is an evil man.

September 16, 2007 12:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Blogger, you posted a question on Canonist last year asking how Tendler & Bryks are connected.

UOJ posted information today from JWB that Bryks is a mechutan of Rabbi Moshe Faskowitz and that Faskowitz is in turn a 1st cousin of Michelle Tendler. Bryks has been giving shiurim to women & children at Faskowitz's shul in Hillcrest, Queens.

September 18, 2007 1:36 PM  

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