Testimony Begins In Molestation Trial Of Former Tulsa School Administrator

Wednesday, August 22nd 2012, 4:35 pm
By: News On 6

The trial of a former Tulsa Public Schools assistant principal accused of molesting young boys began today.

Robert Yerton faces five counts of lewd molestation and child sexual abuse.

These accusations go back as far as 2001, when Yerton was a teacher at Disney Elementary School in Tulsa.

The prosecution says he singled out vulnerable boys, but Yerton's attorney says it's a witch hunt.

Robert Yerton was the assistant principal at Skelly Elementary in 2009, when he was accused of molesting a 6-year-old-boy.

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The prosecution told jurors today that when that case was first reported in the media that several other victims came forward.

One of those is a member of Yerton's family.

That family member is now 20 years old, but testified that the first incident of molestation happened at 11 years old.

The family member said that Yerton would watch while the child was in the shower or touch the child while in bed.

The family member admitted that no one was ever told because of embarrassment and pride.

It was after the 2009 incident was first reported that the family member came forward.

Yerton's attorney says that Yerton walked in on the child during the shower to smell the child's clothes to see if the child was on drugs.

The family member testified that they never did drugs or failed a school sponsored drug test.