By Joe Mollica and Jose Martinez (NY Post)
June 21, 2012
A notorious Brooklyn rabbi went on trial yesterday for allegedly glaring at a boy who years earlier had accused him of being a child molester.
Joel Kolko, who escaped sex-offender status and more serious sex charges when he pleaded guilty to child endangerment in 2008, is accused of violating an order of protection by leering at the boy and his dad as they walked past his home on their way to synagogue.
"[Kolko] willfully violated the order of protection put in place to protect [the boy]," prosecutor Allegra Santomauro said in her opening statement.
A lawyer for Kolko said there was "no glaring" and said the boy and his dad never bothered changing their route to avoid Kolko.
"All he says is 'Good Sabbath,' " Jeffrey Schwartz said. "There were no angry looks."