Skelly Administrator Bonds Out Of Jail


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Updated: 5/12/2010 2:37 pm Published: 5/11/2010 5:54 pm


The Skelly Elementary assistant principal accused of sexually assaulting underage boy bonded out of jail just before 7pm Tuesday.  

This just hours after a judge kept Robert Yerton’s bond at $150,000.

On Tuesday, the District Attorney filed another count of lewd molestation but the judge decided to keep the bond at $150,000.

FOX23 News was the first media outlet to report the allegations last month.

Yerton is charged with two counts of Lewd Molestation and two counts of Child Sex Abuse.

FOX23’s Abbie Alford was in court today during the hearing and found out there could be more potential victims.

This is an ongoing investigation but Yerton’s defense attorney says there was nothing illegal about his client’s behavior with boys.

A six-year-old boy’s parents told police a Skelly Elementary employee told them she witnessed Yerton touch their son inappropriately, a teen boy told police Yerton sexually abused him when he was underage in the home, a former student told police 14 years ago when Yerton was his fourth grade teacher at Disney Elementary he touched him inappropriately, that case is out of the statute of limitations so as of now no charges will be filed.

Now a nine-year-old boy told police last November Yerton molested him while at school.

Reports show the boy was eight-years-old and police say the boy was not a student at Skelly.

Yerton’s defense attorney Richard O’Carroll calls the suspected molestation affectionate that is making Yerton a target in today’s society.

"All of this is innocent behavior until you start putting child molester on it," says O’Carroll. "He absolutely denies ay improper sexual conduct and there are glaring motives with all of the complaining witnesses and all of them."

However, the former student who is now 24-years-old exclusively tells FOX23 News he kept a secret about Yerton and says he couldn’t keep quiet.

To protect his identity he will be known as “Shane”.

"I thought it was time and I kept seeing his picture and it just brought anger and I felt it was time to get justice for what happened to me," says “Shane”.

In court, Assistant District Attorney, Jake Caine says it’s not just alleged victims coming forward but teachers who worked with Yerton are coming forward concerned about Yerton’s behavior with young boys.

O’Carroll blames the witnesses who says have an axe to grind.

"I believe that I can attack each one of these individual accusations and undermine them one at a time," says O’Carroll. "Everybody with the idea that they are going to fill their sack and win the Pennsylvania lottery I would expect would come forward."

Yerton is expected to arraigned on Wednesday. Before Yerton bonded out of jail Cain says he would consider revisiting the issue of Yerton’s bond amount.

Yerton has been with Tulsa Public Schools since 1993. A spokesperson for the district says it only conducts background checks on employees when they are hired.

Last year a family member filed a protective order against Yerton but it was dismissed.

TPS says it has started Yerton’s termination process.

The District Attorney's Office is encouraging anyone with information about this case to call the Tulsa Police Child Crisis Unit at (918) 669-6504.


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MamaTrav - 5/12/2010 7:04 AM
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I so appreciate Fox 23 through this. As a parent of Skelly kids I have lots of questions. I have heard Fox 23 ask these questions...although not many answers are to be had from TPS. Thank you for sinking in your claws and not letting go. I'm hoping some pressure on TPS will bring about some change there as well!!!

Nicole08 - 5/12/2010 12:09 AM
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I, myself went to Disney Elementary from 1993-1999 and can remember a time when I saw this teacher sexually harass a male student, who's name I don't need to mention. I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if he is guilty. If he is then he deserves to serve the time. If needed, I can prove I went there during his time at Disney and can possibly contact the gentleman that was involved.

leiben - 5/11/2010 11:48 PM
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I'd like more information on why the protective order was dismissed.

burgerman - 5/11/2010 10:34 PM
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all this hype on the maybe child molester teacher, whom everybody seems to act as if he is guilty, i thought we lived in a country where due process was in action, shame on Tulsa Public Schools for terminating him before he even has his day in court, what you expect from a school dist, that cant even run its self proper, if they did the district wouldnt be so broke and our teachers whom take care of our kids wouldnt be so under paid, and over worked, i say let the law do its job if he is guilty then so be it and shame on him but what if it comes out he is really inocent what then , how will he ever repair the damage that is done to his name and years of service, and what about all these so called other teachers and staff whom claimed to know of this for years yet said nothing till know , sounds fishy to me, sounds like there trying to get there 15 min of fame ... the whole thing is sad either way it will be a loose loose situation, the damage is allready done on either and both sides, robert of tulsa, P.S. and to those whom say what if it was your child, it has been and it was a big misunderstanding pluss a person had it out for this person ,so ideas were put into others heads....
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