Orlando Colon Jr. pleads not guilty to molesting child in synagogue

| March 3, 2010

A Rochester man pleaded not guilty today to charges alleging that he sexually assaulted a girl in an Irondequoit synagogue and exposed himself to four other children.

Orlando Colon Jr., 25, is charged in an indictment with a felony of first-degree sexual abuse and four misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child on Feb. 6 at Temple Beth David, 3200 St. Paul Blvd.

Monroe County Court Judge John L. DeMarco ordered Colon to be held without bail pending an appearance next week before state Supreme Court Justice Daniel J. Doyle, to whom the case is assigned.

Colon, who is not a member of the synagogue, allegedly told police that he attended a service to find God. While there, the indictment alleges that he sexually abused a 9-year-old girl and exposed himself in a classroom.

If convicted, he could be imprisoned up to seven years.

After Colon’s arrest, Temple Beth David increased its security while focusing on being a “welcoming but secure” community, said its president, Martin Presburg.

Assistant District Attorney Kristina Karle said the assault underscores the vulnerability of children to sex offenses.

“It should be alarming to parents that something can happen to their children at a place they should be safe and secure,” she said. “But unfortunately, sex offenders are everywhere.”



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