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.