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Sex Offender Sentenced To Prison For Crimes Involving Two Teenagers

Michael Yeckley was sentenced to nine years in prison for crimes involving 13- and 15-year-old girls

One of Michael Yeckley's victims -- a 13-year-old girl -- talked in court about what she went through after Yeckley plied her with alcohol during a party at a Mentor motel and sexually battered her while he had another partygoer film it.

She said she was insulted at school and threatened on Facebook. She was accused of being a liar and promiscuous.

"I lived in constant fear of being beat up," she said.

She dyed and cut her hair so people would not recognize her. She thought about hurting herself.

"I feel like I will never have a normal life," she told Lake County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Gibson.

Yeckley, 22, of Willowick, pleaded guilty to charges of sexual battery and pandering obscenity in that case.

Yeckley also pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual conduct with a minor 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.

Yeckley was sentenced for his crimes Wednesday morning in Gibson's court.

The mother of Yeckley's victim in the Eastlake case asked that he receive the longest prison sentence possible.

"He is a serial predator pedophile," she said. "He's going to continue to seek out younger and younger victims."

Several family members of the victim in the Mentor case also spoke during the hearing.

"This tragedy is something we carry with us every day. It will reverberate through our lives for many years," her mother said. "The defendant caused all of this by taking advantage of a confused 13-year-old girl because he wanted to have a little fun."

Assistant Lake County Prosecutor Jamie Eck noted that Yeckley was out on bond for the Eastlake case when he committed the sexual battery and pandering obscenity.

"I don't think there's any genuine remorse at all," she said. "This is an individual we need to get out of our community. We need to get him off the streets."

Yeckley's attorney, Joseph Morris, claimed his client did feel sorry for his actions.

When Yeckley had the opportunity to speak, he said, "I expect to be punished for what I've done and I am sorry."

"I wish this action had never happened," Yeckley added. "I really do, but I know that I can't be forgiven."

Gibson sentenced Yeckley to nine years in prison and named him a Tier I, II and III sexual offender. That means he will have to register with the local sheriff's office where he lives and works for the rest of his life.

"You've destroyed lives," Gibson told Yeckley. "You've caused people irreparable harm."

Gibson thanked the victims for coming forward.

"These children were strong enough to standup to you -- and their strength and bravery are why we are here," he said.

Pathfinder January 09, 2013 at 07:33 PM
Remember the comments from the original Patch article about this guy's arrest? It was like the transcript of a Jerry Springer show, with various "close" family members all coming out of the woodwork to tell everyone that "Mike is such a good guy", "I know him and he'd never do this", "that 13 year old was asking for it" (classy), "the truth will come out", "you're his dad? I'm his sister and I don't even know you", yadda yadda yadda. They were all right about one thing: the truth did come out, and the truth is, the guy prays on very young girls, and has a history of it. Funny how the accusations by the police turned out to be dead on. Shocking. I guess the police know Mike a little better. On a side note, best comment from the original article: "I know Mike from Little League baseball, back when we were both 6 years old....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." Genius, Mr. Lombardi. Genius.
Steve the 3rd January 09, 2013 at 10:26 PM
I know that this is a serious thing that happened here. But I started to laugh once I read the above persons name. Wasn't Abe Froman, "The Sausage King of Chicago"? (Ferris Bueller)
Pathfinder January 10, 2013 at 04:11 AM
I suggest you leave here before I have to get snooty....
Gina Layman January 10, 2013 at 01:21 PM
I am scared for the next generations to come! Nobody has a moral compass anymore because parents don't know how to PARENT! This dirt bag probably grew up in a household of no morals no compassion no integrity and was never taught right from wrong. Nine years just doesn't seem enough since these girls will have to deal with this for the rest of their lives!
Mentor Mom January 10, 2013 at 05:33 PM
What kind of mother would let her 13 year old girl go to a party at a motel? What 13 year old girl is so "confused" to go to a hotel with a 22 year old man and accept alcohol from him? This perv was justifiably sentenced and labeled as a sex offender. Now what about educating the 13 year old and her mother about how each of their conducts contributed to the events that unfolded? I have kids aged 12 and 14, and hope I'm doing a better job keeping the moral compass straight on my kids by being a responsible parent, knowing where they are, whom they are with and holding them accountable for their actions.
Another Mentor Mom January 11, 2013 at 01:22 AM
To Mentor Mom: While many other parents would agree with your opinion that it's not wise to ALLOW your thirteen year old daughter go to a party at a hotel, you are making assumptions here that can be very hurtful to the victims in this case, the girl and her parents who undoubtably love her. First, I know many well parented, strong willed kids who find ways around their parents rules. This does not make them bad kids or their parents bad parents. It means they're confident, usually bright, and more of a challenge to raise. Second, even if they did allow her to go, which as i stated, most would agree would be an unwise parenting decision, they did not deserve what happened to her. Also your comment that implied she was "so 'confused'" and her " moral compass" wasn't straight which was what lead to her decision to go and accept the alcohol is accusatory towards the victim. Most thirteen year old girls want to be accepted and validated and aim to please. Their brains are not fully developed, and even if told again and again of dangers, will make bad decisions at times because of these desires. Your claims that the family and girl somehow contributed to this happening can only be hurtful. I'm sure they are already questioning their choices enough. Even a prostitute does not asked to be raped. As women, we need to be aware of this and support each other and empower victims, not make them feel worse.
j yeckley January 11, 2013 at 02:43 AM
maybe they shoulda had a Chasity belt on there lil girl and keep a better eye on her can only cry wolf so many times b4 no one answers =]
Chuck barris January 11, 2013 at 03:26 AM
I want the camera man exposed
Emma January 11, 2013 at 07:56 AM
To another mentor mom...Ditto. could not have said it better myself!!! Nobody needs to be judged anymore. That is done, God can do the rest! NOBODY is the perfect parent! To J.yeckley....get help...seriously!
violette January 11, 2013 at 04:45 PM
so true... j yecklecy ur rite
Kyle January 11, 2013 at 06:23 PM
So j yeckley, just so I understand you correctly, are you saying that it is the girl's fault this guy had sex with her (illegally)? I am not saying she was but the victim could have been begging for it, still doesn't mean it is legal.
Jenn January 12, 2013 at 07:04 AM
No matter who wanted to he is grown and shouldn't of ever want to have sex with a 13 year old...smh young girls can be talked into things especially if alcohal is involved but what I'm still confused on is why he wanted to and why would you tape it? It only shows the world what type of person he is...weird creeper...I met him once and he always had young girls around him but shit I thought he was only like 14...three years ago that is
Anna January 15, 2013 at 11:40 AM
I thank God the truth and all the horrific evidence came out to help put this sick man where he belongs. This brave young girl has endured a lot since this happened. Not only dealing with the fact that she was raped but having to deal with being bullied and threaten at school and called a liar by her peers as well as others in the community. I pray she and her family have some peace and can begin to heal knowing that he is going to prison. It takes a lot for a young girl to stand up and say she was raped now a days because of the society that we live in today. I, as a mother, am very proud of this young lady and pray she will be able to move on and heal. God Bless her
mudflower January 18, 2013 at 05:27 AM
Michael's mentality is of a teenager. He needs rehab, not 9 years in prison. He's not a predator, dirt bag, perv, weird creeper, nor does he "prey" on young girls! He did not know the girl was 13, she lied - to everyone at the party, her parents, snuck out, drank excessively, & "acted" like an adult & made an adult decision to have sex! I highly doubt this was her first time putting herself in this position & probably not her last! Her classmates apparently know her behaviour better than we, including her parents, do. Probably why she was harassed at school. Was Michael wrong for taking the bait? Hell yes! This 13 y/o is hardly a victim! She needs rehabilitation; clear her "confusion" learn what self esteem/ self respect is, right from wrong, & get what she's missing at home, b/c clearly she is not getting her needs met for her to feel the need to sneak out, drink, & lie. Her parents need to take responsibility for not being involved in her child's life. I can't imagine getting away w/ sneaking out of the house, lying, & drinking at 13!
mudflower January 18, 2013 at 05:27 AM
Teenage girls in general need to start focusing on sports & school & stop focusing on boys. They need to learn to dress like young women, have respect for themselves, others, & stop trying to,"be accepted and validated and aim to please". If parents would pay attention to what their children are doing online, their smartphone, know who they're hanging out w/, & actually be involved, perhaps we wouldn't be supporting all the teen pregnancies, taking teens to AA/NA, they wouldn't be dressing like they do, coming home w/ tattoos, piercings, hickies, & having to worry about what, where, and whom they are out w/& question their intentions. I'm not saying 100% of parents are not involved, but majority rules. And of course a "mentally grown" man knows better. Michael is getting help. I know, without a doubt, he will come out better and stronger. I love him & will support him during this time as well as his transition after he gets out! Society loves to judge. What do you do to build a better community? probably not a damn thing. Instead of being in everyone else's business, go out in your community and make a difference!
mudflower January 18, 2013 at 05:37 AM
And she was not raped, nor was Michael convicted of rape!
Andrew January 20, 2013 at 12:28 AM
Furthermore, do you remember the murder of Michelle Hayes in 1990? Stephen Cohen raped, murders, dismembered, and buried her in his backyard.
anonymous January 22, 2013 at 02:11 AM
She could be reading these comments now and you don't even know. i don't think you know the story nor does anyone except this girl and michael. you don't want to be responsible if she commits suicide, so stop trying to know what happened. you don't know.
j yeckley January 22, 2013 at 03:32 AM
Im sure as his family we kno a little more then you people
Kacey Shea January 22, 2013 at 04:20 PM
But not how to spell...
mario calvo January 26, 2013 at 03:14 PM
Pedafile
Johan Schickleberger February 12, 2013 at 06:07 PM
Obviously his family doesn't know too much if they claimed he was innocent, and here he is being sentenced to 9 years lol Stop blindly supporting people just because you "know" them.
Johan Schickleberger February 12, 2013 at 06:10 PM
Yea because you know, he's not responsible for having a 13 year old in a hotel, with alcohol, having it filmed, and sticking it in her huh? Nice logic. Also, like you never disobeyed your parents when you were young. Everyone defied their parents at some point or another. This doesn't mean she's not a victim, and Mike isn't a creep.
Johan Schickleberger February 12, 2013 at 06:11 PM
I was going to retort to this, but then I thought, if this original comment came with this much stupidity, i'd be wasting my time using intelligence.
j yeckley February 13, 2013 at 01:33 PM
Lol to all of you !!!
anonymous March 27, 2013 at 10:29 PM
im sure as apart of her family, we know more than you do, hes in prison for a reason. you werent there to suffer it, hes done it before, which made a better chance of him doing it again
Lisa Marie April 16, 2013 at 12:42 AM
I hope she is reading all these comments!
Lisa Marie April 16, 2013 at 12:43 AM
Stop blindly judging when you don't know!
Lisa Marie April 16, 2013 at 12:45 AM
I agree with everything except calling Michael a perv! He didn't know her age. She lied to everyone at the party

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