That’s right. Rabbi Yehuda Kolko claims he’s innocent, Rabbi Yaakov Applegrad, the administrator of Yeshiva Torah Temimah, claims the yeshiva had no knowledge of abuse or allegations, and a judge has set a ridiculously low bail – $5000. Kolko had to surrender his passport, because he’s considered a flight risk. That shouldn’t stop him from fleeing, though. Haredim have interesting ways of beating that problem. Look for Kolko to turn up in Israel in the not too distant future.
Here’s the big question: Who asked for the low bail? Let’s hope it wasn’t the Brooklyn DA.
Also, watch the brief CBS News video linked here. Pay careful attention to Rabbi Yaakov Applegrad’s eyes and body language when he denies the yeshivia knew about Kolko’s abuse. Then ask yourself a question: Do you want Yaakov Applegrad in any position of communal responibility? I don’t think so.