Camp counselor facing sex assault charges also taught at yeshiva
BY ZACH PATBERG • Asbury Park Press
LAKEWOOD — A camp counselor who police say sexually assaulted a young boy is also a teacher at a private grade school, the yeshiva said Tuesday.
Officials at Yeshiva Orchos Chaim on Oberlin Avenue confirmed that Yosef Kolko taught there during the school season but referred further questions to an attorney, Karl Mohel, who said he would not "confirm or deny anything."
Kolko, 33, was released from jail Monday on $125,000 bail after being charged with aggravated sexual assault, authorities said. The assault occurred within the past year and the victim was under the age of 13, police said. No further details on the case were provided.
Officials at Yachad, the summer camp where Kolko was working, at the Bais Hatorah School on Swarthmore Avenue, did not respond to requests for comment.
No one answered the door at Kolko's house on Gefen Drive Tuesday. A woman answering the phone at Mohel's office said Kolko was to interview with the lawyer on Friday.
Kolko, according to sources and genealogical data, is the nephew of Rabbi Yehuda Kolko, a Brooklyn rabbi accused of molesting three young students in an explosive case that rocked the Orthodox communities in New York and, in May 2006, was featured in a cover story in New York magazine. Kolko, 63, pleaded guilty last year to endangering the welfare of a child and was sentenced to three years of probation.