Court Docs: Brockport Kindergarten teacher stole children’s underwear

November 22, 2017 11:25 PM

Disturbing new details are emerging in the case of the Brockport Kindergarten teacher accused of possession child pornography.

Thirty-year-old Roland Yockel II, of Hilton, was charged with receipt and distribution of child pornography. While executing a search warrant on Tuesday at Yockel's home, investigators say they found DVDs with videos and images of child pornography.

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During the execution of the search warrant, agents with the Department of Homeland Security say they found children’s underwear underneath Yockel’s mattress. The criminal complaint states that Yockel admitted to stealing the underwear from children’s backpacks while he was working as a camp coordinator.

Yockel denied touching students or children at the summer camp. According to the criminal complaint, Yockel admitted to exchanging a sexual video online with a 15-year-old girl.

Prosecutors say Yockel lived with his parents, who provide babysitting services out of their home. The criminal complaint says that Yockel told investigators that he “liked” one of the girls that his mother babysat, and that he played games with the child. He also admitted to manipulating the child’s clothing when he picked her up so the child would be exposed, according to the criminal complaint. 

Court paperwork also states that Yockel wanted to touch the girl, but other people were usually in the room. Investigators say Yockel admitted that he would have touched the girl if he had the opportunity.

Read the full criminal complaint here.

Yockel faces up to 20 years behind bars if convicted on the charges.

A large part of this investigation may now rest in the hands of parents. Federal authorities are working to learn if any local children have been victimized by Yockel.

So parents will have to have sensitive conversation with their children. We went to the Bivona Child Advocacy Center to get answers on how best to do that.

"Parents can and should impress upon their children that their body is theirs alone," says Deb Rosen, Bivona Child Advocacy Center.

Deb Rosen is the executive director of the Bivona Child Advocacy Center. Two Bivona staff visited the school to help support parents and school leaders at Ginther Elementary School where Yockel was a kindergarten teacher.

"Our goal was really to help parents identify how they could be helpful to their children. How they could get their own emotions and reactions in check so they could be available to their kids," says Rosen.

Yockel had 21 students in his class. In the criminal complaint against him, he denied "ever touching" his students. But it goes on to say he had "sexual thoughts of his school kids but his job meant too much to him." So were any children victimized? My colleague Berkeley Brean spoke with the Brockport Superintendent.

Dr. Lesli Myers, Brockport Superintendent: "That is a question we did ask law enforcement and they shared with us at least at this point resulting from their investigation that they do not believe that any inappropriate interactions occurred between Mr. Yockel and any Brockport Central School District students."


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