The local kindergarten teacher, 30-year-old Roland Yockel II, arrested in an international child porn case is changing attorneys. The defense for Roland Yockel II made that announcement in federal court on Wednesday.

The local kindergarten teacher arrested in an international child porn case is changing attorneys. The defense for Roland Yockel II made that announcement in federal court on Wednesday.

Thirty-year-old Yockel arrived at the federal courthouse in the custody of U.S. Marshals on Wednesday. In the hearing, Attorney Michael DiPrima announced he’s taking over as counsel for the defense and asked the judge to have the hearing pushed back, so he can have time to review the case.

DiPrima, a high-profile attorney in our area, most recently represented Laura Rideout in the murder case of her estranged husband Craig Rideout.

Yockel was arrested last week. Investigators say they found child porn at his home on DVDs and computer hard drives. They also say Yockel admits to stealing children’s underwear from their bags when he worked as a summer camp counselor. Yockel denies touching the students inappropriately.

Investigators say Yockel also admits to liking one of the girls his parents babysat at their home. And that he played games with her and moved her clothing so she’d be exposed when he picked her up. Yockel’s parents and other family members were also in court. They didn’t speak, but some blew a kiss and others cried when they saw him in court.

His new attorney spoke about why he felt the need to point out to the judge that his client’s family was there.

“I think it’s always important for the court to see that there’s support and at some point he’ll be in the midst of a detention hearing and it’s important for the court to know for the purposes of his return to the court that he has significant roots in the community which he does,” said DiPrima, defense attorney. “He’s lived here his whole life and has a lot of family and friends.”

Family members declined to speak to the media when leaving court. DiPrima was also asked if he could describe Yockel’s demeanor when he met after the hearing. He ignored the question and asked for others.

Yockel is due back in court December 11.