TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey boy abused by a yeshiva teacher at a camp has used the man's sentencing to urge other victims of sex crimes to speak out and get help from prosecutors.
The boy's family was shunned by their Orthodox Jewish community after he went to authorities instead of religious leaders.
Thirty-nine-year-old Yosef Kolko was sentenced late Thursday to nearly 13 years in prison after a judge refused to let him take back a guilty plea to aggravated sexual assault.
The boy spoke just before Kolko was sentenced. He urged other victims to come forward and speak out. He says he "can't say it will be easy."
But he says "victims are getting stronger every day."