Rabbi accused of sexually abusing boy at Brooklyn Orthodox school

BROOKLYN - A rabbi who taught at Yashiva Mesivda Torah Temema in Brooklyn is accused of sexually abusing a 9-year-old.

Joel Kolko, 60, was arrested Wednesday and is charged with four counts of sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child. According to police, the boy said he was abused during 2002-2003. Police say the boy made the allegations a few weeks ago. Police say Kolko also abused an adult male at the school.

In addition to the allegations, the Yeshiva has been slapped with a $10 million lawsuit for allegedly protecting the rabbi. A spokesperson for the Yeshiva told News 12 Brooklyn that "at no time did the Yeshiva have any knowledge of anything alleged against Kolko, nor did any parent ever raise a complaint against Rabbi Kolko."

Kolko was released on $5,000 bail following his arraignment.

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