TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — A yeshiva teacher in New Jersey who also worked as a camp counselor is on trial on charges he sexually abused a boy.
Thirty-nine-year-old Yosef Kolko denies the charges of aggravated sexual assault, attempted aggravated sexual assault and child endangerment.
He was working in 2007 at a camp run by an Orthodox Jewish school when he met the boy, then 11.
The boy, now 16, testified Wednesday in state court about a yearlong series of alleged contacts by Kolko ranging from molestation to oral sex.
The boy's father, a rabbi, brought the accusations to a rabbinical court in Lakewood in early 2009. But later that year he took the case to Ocean County prosecutors.
Prosecutors say the family was ostracized by the Orthodox Jewish community as a result.