A 30-year-old Brooklyn rabbi molestation case has been revisited with the Child Victims Act, which began implementation Wednesday. With the reopening of his case, 52-year-old Baruch Sandhaus hopes to get justice for his past.
The Story of the Brooklyn Rabbi Molestation
In his lawsuit, Sandhaus claims that two rabbis, Rabbi Joel Kolko and Rabbi Joel Falk, sexually abused him between 1978 and 1980. According to the New York Post, Joel Kolko has been a part of many Brooklyn rabbi molestation charges. Sandhaus has stated that both Rabbi Kolko and Rabbi Falk “would inappropriately touch” his private parts while he attended Yeshiva Torah Temimah in Midwood.
This is not the first time that Sandhaus has brought charges for the Brooklyn rabbi molestation. In 2006, Sandhaus tried to file suit for sexual assault claims. Unfortunately for the Miami businessman, the case was dismissed as outside the statute of limitations. Now, with the one year window to file a claim, Sandhaus has once again petitioned the Supreme Court of Brooklyn.
Sandhaus’ Brooklyn rabbi molestation case will now go to trial where it may likely succeed. Two other former students of Rabbi Kolko have sued and won a settlement of $2.1 million in 2016. Additionally, in 2012 Kolko accepted a plea deal from former Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes. Hynes’ controversial plea deal meant that Kolko pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors of child endangerment but did not receive jail time and was not required to register as a sex offender.
For more information about the Child VIctims Act and the opportunities, it affords to victims of sexual assault, visit Parker Waichman’s Child Victims Act Page.
How The Brooklyn Rabbi Molestation Affects Future Plaintiffs
Baruch Sandhaus’ Brooklyn rabbi molestation case is one of the first to utilize the Child Victims Act to bring abusers to justice, but the case also serves as an encouragement for other victims of childhood sexual assault. With the one-year window allowed by the Child Victims Act, now is the time for victims to file suit against their former abusers, regardless of the statute of limitations. If you or a loved one have suffered sexual violence as a minor, you will need quality legal representation to bring your abuser to justice. That representation is at Parker Waichman LLP.
At Parker Waichman LLP, experienced teams of trial attorneys are prepared to pursue your case to its utmost conclusion and get you the compensation that you deserve. Don’t wait. Contact Parker Waichman today for a free consultation and begin your journey to justice.