Rabbi Yehuda Kolko Arrested for Violating Probation
November 21, 2010
Kolko was arrested Saturday night, November 20, 2010 and is being arraigned at 120 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11201.
Rabbi Yehudah Kolko was first arrested in 2006 and again in 2007 charged with felony counts of sexually abusing 2 of his first grade students in the classroom of Yeshiva Torah Temimah.
In 2008 he pleading guilty to the reduced charges of the counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child. He was given 3 years probation, counseling and an Order of Protection was entered ordering that he have no direct or third party contact with these two victims.
Now, Rabbi Kolko has been charged with violating the terms of his probation by intimidating one of the minor victims on multiple occasions. He was arrested Saturday night, November 20, 2010 and is being arraigned at 120 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11201.
In the words of Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis "Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants."
Established halacha (Jewish Law) places a pedophile in the category of rodef (an imminent threat), in part due to a recidivism rate well in excess of 50-percent. In his 2004 psak (ruling) on this issue, Rabbi Shalom Elyashiv writes that one should report those who sexually abuse children directly to the police and that doing so is of benefit to society. Click here to read a partial translation of this ruling.