In general, Rabbi [Dovid] Feinstein says, it is a good idea for would-be
accusers in the Jewish community to take their charges to a beit din
before going to the police. “If the person is found guilty, the beit
din would tell the accuser to go to the police; if the person is found
not guilty, the beit din would tell the accuser to forget it,” he
says. Asked if he knows of any instances in which a beit din referred a
case to the civil authorities, Rabbi Feinstein says he does not.
I would just note that both Rav Dovid Feinstein and [his brother] Rav Reuven
Feinstein were aware of the sexual molestation allegations against
Rabbi Kolko. They had specific knowledge regarding this and did
This, I believe, is because their father, Rabbi Moshe Feinstein, supposedly held going to police was always wrong because it would violate the prohibition of mesira. Rav Moshe himself had credible evidence of sexual abuse against children perpetrated by an authority figure in the haredi community. He railed privately against the abuser, urged the abuser's family to deal with the abuser, but did not call police or allow others to call police. That abuser raped children and continued to do so until non-Jewish victims went to the police.
Dovid Feinstein's view – that a beit din should first decide on the guilt or innocence of the abuser – is foolish. Beit dins have no investigatory or police powers. Rabbis are not trained in investigation. It is a recipe for covering up abuse – and Dovid Feinstein knows this.
Rabbi Chaim Pinchas Scheinberg's contention that, since Rabbi Kolko did not anally penetrate his young victims, no abuse took place according to Torah law and therefore Rabbi Kolko is innocent, is only one of many such travesties committed in the name of halakha.
Haredism has failed in almost every area other than making lots of babies. Unfortunately for those babies, demographics seems to be all the Jewish world really cares about.