BROOKLYN - A Brooklyn rabbi has been released from custody on his own recognizance after being arrested for allegedly violating an order of protection against a boy he was accused of sexually abusing.
Rabbi Joel Kolko, 63, pleaded guilty in 2006 to child endangerment after being accused of molesting a young boy at the Yeshiva Torah Temimah on Ocean Parkway. In a plea deal, Kolko pleaded guilty and was ordered never to have contact with the child again.
Kolko's lawyer says he's accused of stopping and staring at the boy on the street while he was on his way to Shabbat services. He says Kolko lives near the synagogue and did not intentionally try to find the boy.
Kolko could face up to a year in prison for the violation. He is due back in court in January.