Rabbi Yehuda Kolko has been arrested again. UOJ reported three weeks ago that Kolko had been indicted. He was. Kolko chose to surrender himself on Erev Rosh HaShana, while wearing a tallit and a black hat. His attorney complained about the increased bail:
A rabbi in a tallith, black hat and handcuffs was hauled before a Brooklyn judge hours before the Jewish New Year yesterday for allegedly molesting another boy at a Midwood yeshiva.
Rabbi Yehuda Kolko - already out on $10,000 bail on charges of sexually assaulting two other male students - rocked back and forth on his feet as his lawyer argued with the judge about bail on new charges that he molested a first-grader at the school in 2005.
"This is the holiest time of the year and to [increase] bail at this time is punitive," lawyer Jeffrey Schneider said, arguing that the charges stemmed from a malcontent who had it in for the 61-year-old Kolko. "[The higher bail is] just bizarre."
"Counselor, you chose this time to surrender him," Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Cassandra Mullen shot back.
She raised the bail to $50,000 bond, $25,000 cash.
Kolko's wife, Edith, brought the cash within the hour and he was released in time to pray at evening Rosh Hashanah services.
The New York Post makes has this about the "malcontent":
Lawyer Jeffrey Schwartz scoffed at the new accusations, saying they were fabricated by a disgruntled former student now dragging the rabbi's name through the mud on an Internet blog, The Unorthodox Jew, and trying to recruit new victims to bring cases.