Saturday, September 15, 2007

NYC rabbi facing new charges of abuse

A rabbi of an all-boys Orthodox school who has been charged with sexually abusing two students is accused of fondling a third.

Rabbi Yehuda Kolko faced a Brooklyn judge Wednesday on new charges of sex abuse and child endangerment. He is accused of molesting a first-grader in 2005 at the Yeshiva-Mesivta Torah Temimah, where he worked for several years.

Kolko's attorney, calling the case against his client weak, said the charges stemmed from an angry student who had it in for the 61-year-old rabbi. The attorney also criticized the high bail set by the judge, $50,000 bond or $25,000 cash.

The rabbi's wife posted the cash bail and Kolko was released Wednesday.

Kolko had already been free on $5,000 bail, awaiting trial on charges he sexually abused two young students, one decades ago and one more recently.


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