Coach Stole Underwear From KU Volleyball Players: Police

LAWRENCE, KS — For more than a year, a volunteer volleyball coach at the University of Kansas broke into the homes of the women he coached and stole their panties, bras, swimsuits and other items, according to court documents. Skyler N. Yee, 31, of Lawrence, who was arrested earlier this month and faces multiple criminal charges, is accused of not only stealing the intimate items, but organizing them by the women’s names.

Yee’s arrest was triggered by an intrusion alarm at an address in Lawrence around 1 a.m. on New Year’s Day, according to police activity logs retrieved by the Lawrence Journal-World. He was formally charged on Wednesday and posted $5,000 bail, the newspaper reported. Yee has been charged with four counts of felony burglary, eight counts of misdemeanor theft and three counts of property damage.

Yee resigned his position in mid-January, according to KU Athletics spokesman Jim Marchiony, who told the Journal-World the university has “taken precautions to ensure that he is not permitted to be anywhere near the volleyball program.”

As a condition of bail, Yee was also prohibited from having any contact with anyone associated with the Lawrence Landsharks under-18 volleyball league. Underwear from one of the players from that group was also found in the cache police discovered in Yee’s home.

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When police searched Yee’s home earlier this month, they discovered dozens of pairs of women’s panties in a 40-drawer clear plastic storage container, according to the court records. Each drawer was labeled with the name of the rightful owner of the contents, according to an affidavit filed this week in Douglas County District Court.

Police said they also found in an ottoman and bags pink high heels, boots, a sundress and a jumpsuit the women had reported were stolen from their homes, and also recovered more panties, bras, Halloween costumes, jewelry and toys from “unidentified owners.”

Douglas County prosecutors also filed notice that they will ask a judge or jury to rule the crimes were sexually motivated, rather than for financial gain, the Wichita Eagle reported. Such a ruling would require Yee to register as a sex offender if he is convicted.

The items were stolen on Dec. 15, 2017; March 18, 2018; Dec. 31, 2018; and Jan. 1, 2019, according to court records.

Yee maintains his innocence, his attorney, Casey Meek, told the Eagle.

“We have not been given access to evidence that the state claims to have, so we cannot comment on any specific allegations,” Meek said.

Yee, an Overland Park, Kansas, native, had served as a volunteer assistant coach to the Jayhawks’ volleyball team for several years, according to the KU Athletics website. Prior to that, he had been a team manager in the 2013, 2014 and 2015 seasons.

On the website, Ray Bechard, the Jayhawks’ head volleyball coach, said Yee “is as passionate about the sport of volleyball as anyone I have been around.”

“Whether he’s in a conversation with someone brand new to the sport, or someone who plays at a high level — he has got an unbelievable motor for trying to learn and share what he knows about technique, strategy, and training,” Bechard said. “He will be outstanding in this role for us.”

Yee’s next court appearance is scheduled for Feb. 26.

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