Jury selection begins for former TPS assistant principal Robert Yerton accused of molestation

TULSA - Jury selection began Monday for a former Tulsa Public Schools administrator accused of molestation.

Robert Yerton Jr. was an assistant principal at Skelly Elementary when he was accused of sexually abusing multiple boys from 2001 to 2009.

In 2011, Yerton claimed he was innocent in his resignation letter to the district.

He faces five felony charges, including three counts of lewd molestation and two counts of sexual abuse of a child. The alleged victims were six, seven, and eight years old. Another was a family member allegedly sexually abused from the age of 11-17 years old.

Nearly half of the potential 24 jurors told a judge they recognized the high-profile case, and two were deemed too knowledgeable of case specifics to continue. 

Prosecutors argued defense attorney Richard O'Carroll released his witness list too late for necessary preparation. The list, which includes the mother and father of an alleged victim and Yerton's wife, was distributed Sunday night.

A judge will decide Tuesday morning whether or not all the defense's witnesses will be allowed to testify. He will also rule if pornography found on Yerton's home and business laptops can be used as evidence.

Jury selection will resume Tuesday, and opening statements could begin by the afternoon.

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