QOTD Lakewood Keeps Its Sex Offenses Off the Books

Of the 32 people on the New Jersey Sex Offender Registry living in Lakewood, there appears to be only one member of the Orthodox community, convicted of endangering the welfare of a child. According to a therapist in Lakewood with knowledge of the situation, “he was arrested in another township [for exposing himself to non-Jewish children], which is why [he was prosecuted and] made it onto the list.”

This quote comes from a 2011 Jewish Week story about Lakewood and the Yosef Kolko case. The Kolko trial starts today. I hear that the Beth Medrash Govoha (BMG) leadership has put out the word, “Don’t talk to the press.” If I were a reporter with a video camera I would be tempted to wander the streets trying asking people to comment on the case. I suspect one could get wonderful footage of its normally talkative citizens suddenly biting their tongues.

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