|Updated: 5/24/2010 8:29 am
||Published: 5/23/2010 4:10 pm
TULSA, OK - Several Skelly Elementary parents gathered Sunday afternoon to learn from an expert how to identify a child molester.
This, after Assistant Principal Robert Yerton, Jr. was charged with five counts involving sex crimes. Court records show Yerton is accused of molesting young boys in his office.
Two Skelly parents formed a Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Group for TPS Parents and the entire community, in an effort to stop, what they are calling a vicious cycle.
Sharon Doty, national speaker and author on child abuse prevention and awareness served as the guest speaker at Sunday's meeting, which was held at Martin Regional Library.
Doty told parents there's a way they can learn to identify potentially risky behaviors of adults:
-Adults that isolate children
-Adults who structure/schedule time with kids when no one is around
-Adults who give children gifts and tell them not to tell
"There's a way that we as adults in the community can pro actively stop this from happening before it happens," Doty said. "What we do today is about reacting to incidents that occur today."
"I have concerns about what I can trust," parent Jennifer Travnicek said. "How can somebody do that and affect them for the rest of their life?"