A colleague tells me that someone he knows informed him that he spoke to Rabbi Yisroel Belsky after the guilty plea, and Rabbi Belsky still stands by the letter. Rabbi Belsky told this person that there is, “More than meets the eye, and Rabbi Yosef Kolko pleaded guilty even though he is innocent.“
Some of my colleagues have expressed the hope that Rabbi Belsky would apologize to the victim and his family. I respect my colleagues for their sincerity and erlichkeit but I fault them for not realizing that they do not have honorable party on the other side of the aisle.
Update- 5/17/13. I have since confirmed that this position of Rabbi Belsky has been heard by several prominent rabbis. None of them buy his argument but only some are deeply disturbed by it.