Skelly Parents Unite For Child Abuse Prevention

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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?"

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Jolie - 5/25/2010 7:22 AM
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Thanks for the email address, fxstsb. There are new entries on Robert Yerton Jr.'s OSCN court case summary (Case No. No. CF-2010-1707), posted on Monday re. activities from Friday, 5/21/10: 5-21-2010 AFPCA - YERTON, ROBERT ROLAND JR 74763006 May 24 2010 11:26:21:350AM - $ 0.00 AFFIDAVIT & FINDING OF PROBABLE CAUSE T.R.A.C.I.S. (ARRESTED) Document Unavailable (#1012645584) 05-24-2010 CTFREE - YERTON, ROBERT ROLAND JR 74765371 May 24 2010 1:22:09:040PM - $ 0.00 JUDGE ALLEN KLEIN: BOND HEARING STRICKEN FOR 5-24-2010, BOND HEARING WAS PREVIOUSLY HELD ON 5-21-2010. ------ Is there another charge? If Yerton Jr. was released that Wednesday night (5/19/10) after the reduction in bond to the original amount by Klein that day, what is this action taken on Friday (5/21/10)? Wouldn't the media be all over the story if there were any additional charges?

MamaTrav - 5/24/2010 4:49 PM
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Oh, no teachers either, but their hands are so tied right now they probably couldn't come.

MamaTrav - 5/24/2010 4:48 PM
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Nope, no administrators!!!

fxstsb - 5/24/2010 11:36 AM
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@ Jolie . . . I was at the meeting and I believe there will be additional meetings, if you wish to get more information email

Jolie - 5/24/2010 7:25 AM
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I commend that parents who have taken this proactive step to helping protect the children of our community. It's a shame that TPS or its BOE didn't come through for the parents and the community to help parents deal with the events related to charges against Robert Yerton Jr. Perhaps, at least, some of the administrators and teachers attended the meeting to learn something?
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