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Jewish Camp Counselor Admits Sexual Abuse

Sheriff's officers handcuffed Kolko and took him to the County Jail.
Yosef Kolko

Yosef Kolko
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A former counselor at a summer camp run by Yeshiva Bais Hatorah School in Lakewood, N.J., pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual assault, attempted aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault and child endangerment, and state Superior Court Judge Francis R. Hodgson revoked his $125,000 bail.

Yosef Kolko, 39, made the admission on Monday after two more victims, a male and a female, came forward, the Asbury Park Press reported.

Assistant Ocean County Prosecutor Laura Pierro said she was contacted late Friday afternoon by a young woman who claimed she was victimized by Kolko, and the attorney for a young man who also claimed to be a victim. Pierro said she met with the additional victims and would have sought to admit their testimony, had the trial proceeded.

Sheriff’s officers handcuffed Kolko and took him to the County Jail.

Kolko was on trial for sexually abusing a boy, now 16, when he was 11 and 12, in 2008 and 2009. He was calm and unemotional when he admitted committing a variety of sexual acts on the boy.

In exchange for Kolko’s guilty plea, the state would not proceed with additional charges related to the additional victims, ADA Pierro said.

Kolko’s attorney, Michael Bachner, said his client was “extremely remorseful,” apologizes to the victim and hopes after treatment “to return to society as a benefit to it,” The Associated Press reported.

Kolko, who also worked as a teacher at Yeshiva Orchos Chaim in Lakewood, could receive up to 40 years in prison, but Judge Hodgson has said he would consider no more than 15 years, according to the Asbury Park Press.

Before sentencing, Kolko will be evaluated at the state Corrections Department’s Adult Diagnostic and Treatment Center in the Avenel section of Woodbridge to determine if he is a repetitive and compulsive sexual offender, according to the newspaper.

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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9 Responses to “Jewish Camp Counselor Admits Sexual Abuse”

  1. Ira Kurtz says:

    Should execute him.

  2. Billy Dee says:

    HORRIBLE! My opinion is that pornograhpy, XXX rated adult filth films, and of course TV which pumps out filth, vulgarity, profanity and everything else that brain washes our nation’s youth and adults in a daily steady diet of FILTH and SIN causes most of the sexual abuse of children! It makes me sick to think of all the children that watch the filth on TV everyday, as well as many of thier parents do. WHEN or if EVER are the TV broadcasters ever going to consider the horrible damages that many of thier shows cause? But also, we live in a very “overtly” abnormal sexually orientated time in this nation. We have to look at the base or core reasons why so many children are sexually abused and that causes children to be sexually abused. SIN of course is on top as the WORST CAUSE OF ALL! I really believe if we could see once again a ban and a strict censorship of filthy movies, along with explicit sexual language, and including having special helps shows to try to reach those who are greatly affected and are also educated on “incest”, “adultry”, “fornication”, and many other forms of sexual sin and promiscuity, I do believe it would GREATLY HELP, as well as spare many children the deep hurts and pains from sexual abuse! This problem will not go away, unless WE get involved to help change it!

  3. Zach Hylton says:

    Why have the organizations that sheilded him been let off the hook? Why 15 years for a repeat offender who is a danger to society? Shame on us for not protecting our children!

  4. Shaya Selincourt says:

    Your right

  5. Carolin Knox says:

    Strong punishment must be given so it will be known that we will not tolerate this especially from fellow yiddishkiet.

  6. Some of the highest authorities in the Orthodox world are under the illusion that sexual proclivities can be changed with therapy.

    While anyone can repent their behavior, and some can change their behavior, there is overwhelming evidence that almost nobody will change their attractions.

    So when this person is ever let out of prison, it would be highly advisable never to allow him to have authority over any children.

  7. Some of the highest authorities in the Orthodox world are under the illusion that sexual proclivities can be changed with therapy.

    While anyone can repent their behavior, and some can change their behavior, there is overwhelming evidence that almost nobody will change their attractions.

    So when this person is ever let out of prison, it would be highly advisable never to allow him to have authority over any children.

  8. Why did the Yeshiva not screen this man before hiring him? He had a record of sexual abuse, for heaven's sake.

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