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Suspect Is Accused of Raping a 13-Year-Old Girl (Updated)

Michael Yeckley is also accused of having sexual contact with a minor in another, unrelated case

Rape suspect Michael Yeckley was arraigned Monday morning in .

Yeckley, 21, of Willowick, was arrested on a warrant Friday evening.

Yeckley is accused of raping a 13-year-old girl, Mentor Police Lt. Tom Powers said.

Yeckley is suspected of bringing the girl to a motel in Mentor on April 21, plying her with alcohol and then having sex with her, Powers said.

Attorney Joseph Morse represented Yeckley in court Monday. He told Mentor Municipal Court Judge John Trebets that Yeckley, as a "life-long member of the community," would not try to run away. Consequently, Morse asked Trebets for a reasonable bond.

Mentor Court Liaison Officer Martha Eyman noted that Yeckley has previously been convicted of misdemeanor cases of theft, aggravated menacing and carrying a concealed weapon in Willoughby Municipal Court.

Yeckley also faces a charge of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor in Lake County Court of Common Pleas from an unrelated case in Eastlake.

In that case, Yeckley is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl while he was 18, Eastlake Police Lt. Bill Gutowski said.

Mentor Municipal Court Judge John Trebets decided to set Yeckley's bond at $500,000, which was not posted.

Yeckley's next court hearing is scheduled for May 7.

after police received an anonymous tip as to his whereabouts.

krys May 10, 2012 at 07:30 PM
ok...joe smith.... i personally dont know mikes mom but i do know his dad and his brother. they could have raised him to the best of their knowledge, but what he does when he is out on his own has nothing to do with the way his parents raised him. im sure they did whatever the could to teach mike wrong from right. im a mother myself and will do whatever i can to teach my daughter wrong from right but what she does after she is old enough is what she does. whether mike listened to his parents is his choice. but DO NOT blame his mother and father. were they in his head telling him to do it? no they werent. so why dont you shut up and step back and see that mike made the decisions he did all on his own. did i listen to my parents when i moved out? no. i learned the hard way. i am so sick of people blaming these kids parents for what they did. in the case of mike being 21, he is old enough to make his own decisions. not mommy and daddy make them for him so back off debbie. find something else to occupy your time.
Karl Hubrath May 10, 2012 at 08:18 PM
I would like to remind you all of common sense. We all know what we all did when we were young and how we all made some good choices and some bad choices. This kid, I still say kid appeared to have gotten caught for something that if he did do it probably does not see the right and wrong in his actions. Even as I read these posts I can see where he may not see the wrong in what he may not think is taking advantage of someone, and the fact that he was drinking.... Personally I think he should have to hang out with her other friends, that would be funny, sorry that was not meant to offend anyone, but make a point see? Embarrassing. I think this because it may actually make him think about what he is really doing and if he actually fits in, he or she really needs help. God bless.
Gerrie Smith May 10, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Karl I agree with you. First of all the young man problems did not start when he was 21. I also read the comment where people stated don't blame the parents. It is what it is this young man is a trouble young man. Parents know when their child has issues when they are young. And it does start at home. We as parents go into that deniel mode, and just whitewash the problems, and Whatever goes on in Our House, stays in tOur House, so that the neighbors won't find out. So when they do become adults it is a whole new ball game, because now you have the judicial system that is going to judge him as well as society. it is sad but it is the truth. If my child came home walking like a duck, quacking like a duck, and looking like a duck, You better believe I am going to get HELP for him as soon as possible, I would not care who knew it. Parents think they are doing the right thing by hiding what their kids do, but they are doing a gravely unjustice to them..I with you God Bless this Young generation that is coming up now
diana sega May 15, 2012 at 04:02 PM
courtney i am mikes girlfriend and im carrying his kids im pregnant with twins if you were there as a witness to what happned i could really use your help. we are doing everything we can and i no my lawyer would like to talk to you if you could contact me on facebook or my email that would be great hun dms07935@yahoo.com or diana sega on facebook...
diana sega May 15, 2012 at 04:10 PM
IT DIDNT HAPPEN!!! and mike has helped me raise my son and has helped me thru a misscarriage of his own and im now pregnant with twins he is an amazing dad this is all lie i can promise you that
diana sega May 15, 2012 at 04:17 PM
i agree stop commenting on mike you have no say in anything, period... debbie i have spoke to you once or twice before with mike and i appologize i havent talked to you since.. but i really thought mike left me and now i no he has been locked up CHASE IS GREAT GETTING BIG AND MIKEY IS FINE... i hope to hear from you soon and dont worry my dad is getting him out..
Gerrie Smith May 15, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Hey they just don't get it. Wait until someone violate one of their underage kids and we c the rage in them
Gerrie Smith May 15, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Laur I totally agree with you. A grown man on top of a 13yrs old child is sick and as u c how many people are defending him, they too as sick as him. What if it was their 13yr old child they would be singing a different tune
Gerrie Smith May 15, 2012 at 05:52 PM
I attacked him just like I attacked Ted Bundy, and look what happen to him
Gerrie Smith May 15, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Lisa Marie do u have kids. If so u should have a sense of what we are talking about. If he did it too a 13yr old, what make u think he did not do it to someone child that was younger? Sex offender does not have a age limit
Gerrie Smith May 15, 2012 at 06:08 PM
happykamper: you are absolutely correct. I bet my life he will go for a younger child that can not defend herself or talk ..It may have already happen, I got a comment that he help raise her child Umh! And her was good to her child...Stop the press RIGHT THERE...a innocent baby or child will not speak up for themselves. I am not saying that he did and I can't prove that he didn't
Jason Lea (Editor) May 15, 2012 at 06:42 PM
I just deleted a pair of comments. Michael Yeckley has been accused of raping someone but he has not been convicted. That is not an immaterial distinction.
Chris White May 16, 2012 at 05:24 AM
Anna as a police officer myself I DO NOT condone sex with minors... But I also dont condone making stuff up as you go along.... Lisa & Cassidy the best thing you could do is not read these things. The people who sit on these boards and just tear people down with no ""REAL"" evidence goes to show there mentality. Lisa and Cassidy you will not gain anything by trying to defend him on here. As far as the 13yr old girl I dont know what happened. You don't know what happen. We were NOT there. We may never know the truth.. I do think he is deff guilty of not using his brain. Who in here can say we all are not guilty of that at some point. I agree with the statement of where was the parents? Why were they not charged? They should be if it was up to me. So Im going to say this then Im closing this page never to return to listen to you all BASH someone without even knowing the FACTS. Rember that whole Casting of the stones thing? If you have kids shut down the drama boards and start teaching them morals & respect so just maybe, They wont be in this situation when they are older...
Vincent Lombardi May 17, 2012 at 12:53 AM
I know Mike from Little League baseball, back when we were both 6 years old. He never showed signs of aggression like this. There's no way he could have done this. He couldn't hit his way out of a wet paper bag back then, so I really believe he's totally innocent.
Vincent Lombardi May 17, 2012 at 01:20 AM
I really have to say, this is some great reading material. Most of it would go away if "Lisa Marie" would just pick up the phone and call "Joe Smith" to discuss their family tree, which, judging by the actual verbiage and grammar being used, probably resembles Charlie Brown's Christmas tree.
Karlee C. June 27, 2012 at 10:32 PM
Mike was a good guy , one of the best. just because he made a mistake, doesnt mean everyone can treat him like hes dirt. Hes still a human being. He was one of the nicest people i know. Mike does not deserve what everyone & socity is making him out to be.
Anne July 17, 2012 at 05:42 PM
omg -- I didn't need to read much of the above comments without beginning to feel very sad about our society. We have much much room for improvement.
Michelle Eve October 10, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Anna , that's my Cousin your talking about . I KNOW Michael , he's not the Type of Person to Rape little Girls . I'm 15 & he has been My Best Friend/Fav Cousin since i was Born . He's a Nice looking Guy all these Little Girls are Mad because he donesn't want Them .. So they say he Rapped them . My Cousin isn't the type of person to Rape anyone Not even a 13 year old . He Would hurt someone if he herd a Guy rapped a Little Girl . I've been in a Situation like this with a Friend who was accused of something he didn't do (rape) . These little girls just Lie . & Don't tell me i Don't know my Cousin like I say I do , b/c Trust me i know him . He may have a Background of Rape Chargers but these Charges are all LIES ! So Anna , just keep your mouth SHUT about my Cousin . Thanks :)
Michelle Eve October 10, 2012 at 01:45 PM
You said Aunt Debbie , these people don't know the REAL Michael so they can ALL SHUT UP !
Laur October 10, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Last time I checked...if you have sex with someone whom is drunk, it is considered RAPE. If you are over the age of 18 and have sex with a minor, that is considered STATUTORY RAPE. So either way, if he did have sex with her it was RAPE. I wonder how awful you people would feel if he did actually do this and you're saying all these nasty things about this girl. Blaming her. Smh. People should just keep their comments to themselves!
HappyKamper November 12, 2012 at 02:37 PM
........ and more comes out! He had someone tape this act! What an arrogant piece of trash. Prison for a seriously LONG time... he will not get better. That is disgusting.
Karl Hubrath November 12, 2012 at 06:57 PM
People I would like to make a comment please. I think that for us to say that kids do not know about sex at the age of 13 and then to say well it is the law is really speaking out from left field. Even when I was 13 I knew about sex and such and I was not trying to, see? My point is, where where the parents? Not that I do not feel for them. Look, either you want to be politically correct or don't you, not when it only serves a personal purpose; how much do kids know about sex these day? They are not stupid. OK so now we have a young girl who may be misled into feeling that her part in this whole thing was being a vicim? I do not think so, God bless. P.S sorry about being so foward.
Karl Hubrath November 12, 2012 at 07:02 PM
I would like to also add that if these young kids feel that they may also get into trouble they may not be so eager in this, see? God bless again.
HappyKamper November 26, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Karl, You make mention that she is aware of sex at 13. What is the point of that comment? I was fully aware of sex too, most of us learned about sex in 5th grade or before at school. It DOES NOT mean that anyone asks to be sexually abused or taken advantage of. 13 and 21.... He has NO business being anywhere near that girl and if he was any type of decent man HE himself would have called the police to have her parents pick her up if she was at a party with older people and drinking. Even just being there. He is the one that holds the responsibility being the ADULT not the 13 year old girl who made a bad decision and poor choices. And to ask where her parents are is pointless too... kids lie for all sorts of reasons. If she snuck out to meet him or whatever the case may be she is still a child and he is an adult and no one except him, her, and the people there should be held accountable for their actions. If other adults were present I think they should be tried as well for being conspirators to rape.
Karl Hubrath November 26, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Happy camper, let me ask you and everyone here a question and make an observation please. It takes two people to tangle no? Here we have one person that has no restraints on what they do because they are the so-called victim. I disagree with the word victim, maybe immature naive and so on and so forth; however they also need to be punished because now it would prevent this from happening on both ends not just one, see? Fred Sanford always would pretend to have a heart attack to get out of things where as kids these days have a built in excuse made by our irrational thinking society. How can people learn anything when they are expected to follow rules only when they learn a certain age, it would still be a new thing for the younger adults like this kid, see? See we as a society does not teach manors, or how to apologize, and such but people are sure in the heck expected to know this when they turn 18, right? How? Just saying, God bless.
roxanne nick December 10, 2012 at 02:52 AM
U no what no one can judge him becausr for one girls do lie about their age alot and look older and 2if she wanted it which im sure she did than thaats not his fault I meean I was 12 and the guy was 16 when I was havimg sex and party and I lied all the time bout my age cause I looked oldet so its not his fault and I dont even no him
Kathy Adult December 11, 2012 at 03:10 AM
roxanne, You're not very bright are you? I can not understand your comment. Run-on sentence, spelling errors, text speak....need I go on?
Karl Hubrath December 11, 2012 at 11:41 AM
Kathy Adult, you are talking to a kid, of course she does not make much sense; you are attempting to talk to her as if she were an adult. These kids these days do not get taut some things in school and let me ask again. When and how are they supposed to know. See I am 50 myself and I have learned a long time ago, you know good parents and such, that does not happen these days. My point is 20 something kids these days have the mind mentality of a 16 year old used to be. There needs to be more education on this matter, role models and such. Heck they don't even teach in any way shape or form on how to apologize. Society has changed over time and I think this society needs to adopt to it, God bless.
Lisa Marie December 11, 2012 at 12:59 PM
I agree Karl!
jacqueline avery January 11, 2013 at 07:25 PM
lisa is right ive nown mike for ten yrs i went to school with his lil brother and i no dam well he did not do it that 13 yr old is a lier mike doesnt deserve any of this he is a good man and not just me but all of his friends in willowick and eastlake will tell u the same thing mike is not guilty

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