By Shmuel Soiferman (Five Towns Jewish Times)
June 12, 2012
Alleged child molester Yehuda Kolko, 66, appeared in Brooklyn's criminal court this past Monday. Kolko, also known as Joel Kolko, had allegedly violated a protection order against having any contact with a boy who had previously brought criminal charges against him in 2007.
This case had been scheduled to start well over a year ago, in March of 2011 but had been repeatedly delayed and postponed.
When asked by the judge if the prosecution was ready to proceed with its case, the Brooklyn ADA responded affirmatively. However, the defendant's lawyer , Jeffrey Schwartz, did manage to delay the proceedings again by stating that one of the witnesses for Kolko was suffering from an illness. The judge granted the extension.
Related to this case, Kolko had pled guilty in 2008 to two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
Kolko had been employed as a first grade instructor in Brooklyn's Torah Temimah school, a prestigious Jewish academy located on Ocean Parkway in Flatbush.
The Brooklyn District Attorney's Office had brought criminal charges against Kolko in 2007, with two witnesses willing to testify. That case resulted in Kolko's guilty plea in 2008.
The young man involved in the 2007 case had shown up with his father in court on Monday ready to testify.