Kolko Arrested on Sexual Abuse Charges

By Shlomo Greenwald
Jewish Press [New York]
December 13, 2006

Rabbi Yehuda Kolko, 60, was arrested Thursday night in his home in Midwood, Brooklyn, and arraigned Friday on four counts of sexual abuse and one count of endangering the welfare of a child.

Kolko, a former first-grade rebbe and assistant principal at Yeshiva Torah Temimah, was released in time to go home for Shabbat after bail was posted.

On Wednesday, the parents of one of the two alleged victims filed a $10 million suit against the yeshiva, claiming it retained Kolko as a teacher despite knowing about sexual abuse allegations against him.

Yaakov Applegrad, executive director of the yeshiva, told 1010 WINS radio, "If something did indeed happen, we sympathize with the child and are confident that the judicial system will handle it appropriately." Kolko has not worked at the yeshiva or its affiliated summer camp for the last year.

Kolko has been dogged by sexual abuse allegations for several years. In May, Jeffrey Herman, a Miami-based attorney who is representing the two alleged victims whose claims led to Kolko's arrest, filed two lawsuits on behalf of three men claiming total damages of $30 million against Kolko for alleged abuse while they were students at the yeshiva.

"I think a bunch of people are out to get him," Aaron Tarnes, 30, a student at the yeshiva for 15 years, told The Daily News. "I'm disturbed to hear such things against such a wonderful man."


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