Parents, school officials react to Brockport teacher arrested for child porn

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Brockport Central School District officials and parents are expressing their shock and concern after a kindergarten teacher was charged with receipt and distribution of child pornography.

Roland Yockel, II, 30, started working with the district several months ago as a substitute for kindergarten and first grade. He was hired as a kindergarten teacher at Ginther Elementary School in August. 

Bryan Lockhart, who’s son was in Yockel’s class, is one of many parents disturbed by the situation.

“They’re so vulnerable at this age,” Lockhart said. “It’s not a conversation you want to have to have with a 5-year-old.”

Superintendent Lesli Myers said a background check was completed when Yockel was hired and no red flags were revealed to the district’s human resources office. 

A lot of parents are wondering if their child was inappropriately touched by Yokcel.

“With your kids, you don’t want to think they’re in jeopardy while you’re at work and they’re at school, and when this comes up, it just makes you wonder,” Lockhart said.

Myers said investigators do not believe Yockel touched students inappropriately.

“That is a question that we asked law enforcement and they shared with us, at least at this point, from their investigation that they do not believe that any inappropriate interactions occurred between Mr. Yokel and any Brockport Central School District students.”

Yockel told investigators he stole underwear from children’s backpacks at a summer camp where he worked as a camp coordinator. 

Elisia Earle, who worked with Yockel at Hamlin Summer Camp, said there were signs something wasn’t right.

“When we would go on field trips, he would want to sit next to kids in the bus seat,” Earle said. “When we would do games and activities, he would want one of the kids to sit on his lap”

Myers said Yockel was immediately placed on administrative leave Tuesday. A substitute teacher has been secured until further notice.

The school district will host a parent information session on Monday, Nov. 27 at 6:30 p.m. at Ginther Elementary School. Representatives from Bivona Child Advocacy Center to answer questions regarding how parents can talk to children about Yockel’s arrest.

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.

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