A Brockport kindergarten teacher was charged with receipt and distribution of child pornography after federal prosecutors found several DVDs containing videos and images of child pornography at his North Avenue residence in Hilton.
Roland Yockel, II, 30, lives in the basement of the home with his parents and siblings. His parents provide babysitting services at the home, prosecutors say.
According to the felony complaint, Yockel used an online chat room called Chatstep to receive and distribute child pornography. The complaint alleges Yockel visited the site twice on May 22 and July 25 under the user name “Ryancba” and posted links to images of girls approximately 4-7 years of age.
“The defendant admitted to using devices within the home to access child porn. He made statements he was attracted to children. He made statements that he traded photos on yahoo messenger or in this case, chat step,” said Assistant U.S. attorney, Kyle Rossi.
Prosecutors traced the IP address back to Yockel’s home.
“He expressed a strong sexual attraction to children and he had the opportunity to have contact with children not only through school but also through a summer camp program,” said Assistant U.S. attorney, Kyle Rossi.
Yockel told investigators he stole underwear from children’s backpacks at a summer camp where he worked as a camp coordinator. Underwear was found under Yockel’s mattress in his room.
According to the complaint, Yockel denied ever touching any of his students at school and the children in his care at the camp where he worked. He stated that he “had sexual thoughts of his school kids, but his job meant too much to him.”
Yockel admitted to playing “games” with a 5- to 7-year-old girl at the house where his mother babysat children.
He told investigators that he “was addicted to pornography and began to trade child pornography at some in the past.”
Yockel, who began teaching in August 2017 at Ginther Elementary School, has been placed on administrative leave.
The Brockport School District issued the following statement, “While we have no reason to believe that the arrest has any connection to his employment with the district or that student safety was compromised, we remain committed to upholding our core belief of providing a healthy, safe and secure learning environment.”
Because Yockel had access to children, Homeland Security agents are asking for the public’s help as they try to determine whether there are additional victims. Anyone with information is asked to call agents in Buffalo at 716-464-5923.