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Ex-yeshiva teacher faces sex assault charges in NJ

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 10, 2013 at 8:58 am •  Published: May 10, 2013

"I was more concerned that he was still at his jobs," the father said. "And I felt that children are being endangered."

In July 2009, the father decided to bring the case to Ocean County prosecutors. He said that if the allegations had been dealt with appropriately through rabbinical channels, he probably would not have gone to the police.

"Going to law enforcement is not, at this time, common within the Orthodox Jewish community. Even when it's necessary it's considered unusual," the father testified. "Particularly with some people who might believe that the alleged molester is innocent would give the person going to law enforcement a very hard time."

Prosecutors said the family was ostracized by the Orthodox Jewish community.

A flier was circulated in Lakewood, a community with a large Orthodox Jewish community, saying the boy's father had made a mockery of the Torah and committed a "terrible deed" by taking the case to state prosecutors, the Asbury Park Press reported.

The family has since moved to Michigan.

The boy's former therapist also testified Thursday, saying the boy told her in late 2008 he no longer needed help with his social skills because he had made a new friend, Rabbi Kolko.

"He's my best friend. He's the only one who understands me," Dr. Tsipora Koslowitz recounted the boy telling her.

The boy took the witness stand Wednesday on the first day of the trial, testifying how he wanted to remain close to Kolko, even though his actions made him uncomfortable, because Kolko was his friend and he had no friends in school or camp.

The boy described a series of encounters with the rabbi, who would pick him up in his car, including molestation and oral sex and occurring in such locations as an empty classroom, a storage room, Kolko's car and the basement of a synagogue, the newspaper reported.

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato said he commends the boy and his family for coming forward.

"It is my hope that through this case, Ocean County's Jewish community will find comfort in seeking our help and confidence in the justice system now and into the future," he said.