Investigations Continue Into TPS Administrator

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Updated: 5/08/2010 8:52 am Published: 5/07/2010 2:52 pm

Tulsa, OK- A lot of questions surround the investigation into Skelly administrator, Robert Yerton, who's charged with molestation.

Questions like: "When did school employees suspect possible abuse?" "Did they tell the appropriate people?"

The Department of Human Services says far too often, schools try to do their own investigating, when they should be contacting the agency.

Nancy Robison, Interim County Director for DHS, says state law mandates anyone who suspects a case of child abuse must report it to the agency.

According to a statement released Thursday by Tulsa Public Schools, when allegations of improper conduct surfaced about Robert Yerton, an assistant principal at Skelly Elementary, no report was made to DHS by any complaining party.

TPS also says the Skelly school principal began to investigate the allegations against Yerton in October of 2009.

DHS says a principal shouldn't be investigating, but reporting anything questionable to the proper authorities.

Even the father of one of Yerton's alleged victims tells us he went to the school with concerns a few weeks ago.

He says the area superintendent told him "he did his own investigation" and he determined Yerton was being too affectionate and was given a verbal warning.

"That's not for you to make that decision," said Robison. "Please, always call it in."

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ANGST - 7/21/2010 9:02 AM
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At our COMMUNITY AWARENESS MEETING on July 29th at the Martin Regional Library (6201 S. Garnett), we aim to address that issue with the child abuse network & see what we can do to change T.P.S. regulations. Sadly, there are more than one that need to be rewritten!

ANGST - 7/21/2010 8:57 AM
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