Yerton's Former Student Talks

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Updated: 5/07/2010 5:01 pm Published: 5/06/2010 5:23 pm

The Skelly Assistant Principal at the center of a child molestation investigation wants his bond reduced.

FOX23 broke this story last week when the allegations surfaced.

Robert Yerton Jr. is facing two counts of child sex abuse and lewd molestation to a six-year-old boy from Skelly.

Records show there was another potential victim but police say that case of alleged child abuse has exceeded the statute of limitations.

FOX23’s Abbie Alford spoke to a former student who explains her experience with Yerton as a teacher.

Now 24-years-old Ashley was in the same class as the boy who is now a man who recently told police back in 1996 at Disney Elementary Yerton molested him in a classroom.

In this case the Oklahoma statute of limitations expired and no charges were filed however there are two potential victims in separate cases.

Fourteen years ago Ashley who doesn’t want to reveal her last name says she was a fourth grade student in Mr. Yerton’s class at Disney.

"As a student of his classroom I knew something," says Ashley.

She knew something wasn’t right but looking back believes Yerton was just being too affectionate with students.

Court records show a male student in yYrton’s class in 1996 told police that in the fourth grade while he was getting help with his spelling, alone in a classroom with Yerton that he “…placed his hand down into his short and began rubbing the student’s..” private parts.

While Ashley had Yerton as a teacher he was only three years into his near two decade tenure with Tulsa Public Schools.

"That man is not right. It's almost sickening to me," says Ashley.

The student didn’t know about the alleged incident but says her mother reported her suspicions about his behavior to the school but nothing happened.

"I had so many problems with him. My mom actually pulled me out of school because of him," says Ashley.

Her mom has since died and Ashley says she’s always wondered about Yerton then she saw his mugshot on FOX23.

"He didn't touch me but I am coming out and everybody needs to come out and especially speak for this six-year-old boy he didn't deserve that and it's just so upsetting, so upsetting," says Ashley.

The Tulsa County District Attorney’s office is encouraging anyone with information about Yerton and this investigation, regardless of when it happened, to call the Tulsa Police Child Crisis Unit at (918) 669-6504.

Court records show Yerton filed a motion to reduce his $150,000 bond in court today. A judge has set a hearing for Tuesday May 11th to decide on the motion.

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MsBlack - 5/6/2010 9:38 PM
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I can remember when I entered one of my childrens schools during an after school rehearsal and was told that I could not be there because I did not sign in at the office. The security guard then stated to me "haven't you watched the news about these children being molested by strangers walking into the schools?" I was extremely offended, and immediately stated, "while you are attempting to keep me away from my own children at this school what are you all doing about the child molesters who we parents are forced to hand our children to in the schools? Haven't you been watching the news?" This was three years ago. Unfortunately, my children attended LIndbergh elementary when Mr. Yerton was the intern assistant principal, and they were a part of his Chess Club. My son told me of a time when he thought that Mr. Yerton was going to pat him on his back, but instead began to rub up and down his back. My son said that he jerked away from Mr. Yerton and told him not to touch him. To that I say GOOD JOB! These types of people look for children with low self esteem or weakness that they can prey upon. They also look at children who are in trouble that no one will believe. These people make it hard for the many teachers out there who are doing their jobs because they love and want to help children to learn. These people make our children have to show distrust to those who are set in positions to help them. He is a disgraceful human being, like any other person who preys upon children.

tealgmc - 5/6/2010 9:33 PM
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Statue of limitations is 2 years on this sort of hanus offense? Dang ol bill collectors can chase you around longer than that! This is the sort of stuff that needs changed. What kind of value system are we working with here, when it's easier for a creep to scare a little kid into keeping quite than it is to get out of debt?
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