A former volunteer volleyball coach at the University of Kansas allegedly broke into players’ homes to steal their underwear and swimming suits, which he kept cataloged in labeled containers in his own home.
Skyler Yee, 23, was charged Wednesday with 15 total counts, including four felony counts of burglary.
The alleged break-ins occurred four times between December 2017 and January of this year at two addresses in Lawrence, Kansas, according to the Kansas City Star. He allegedly broke into the homes by breaking windows.
During a search of Yee ’s home, investigators allegedly found a 40-drawer clear plastic storage container which contained not only players’ underwear, but labels indicating who each pair belonged to, according to the Lawrence-Journal World. The items were labeled with names of current and former KU volleyball players in addition to another player who has connections to a youth volleyball team, according to the Kansas City Star. Some items were reportedly found in an ottoman with built-in storage space.
Investigators also allegedly discovered pink high heels, boots, a dress and even sex toys that the victims reported missing. Investigators noted that Yee’s room was decorated with volleyball posters autographed by some of the very names that were on the labels for the underwear.
Although it's not clear how many pairs of underwear were allegedly discovered at Yee's home, alleged victims told police that 14 pairs of shoes and seven swimsuits of theirs went missing, according to the Lawrence-Journal World.
Investigators say that Yee did not steal the underwear for financial gain but rather for his own motivation. Yee was released on bond after a court appearance Wednesday. If convicted of the charges, he will have to register as a sex offender.
Yee has served as a volunteer assistant coach for several years for the KU volleyball team and previously worked as a manager. He resigned in mid-January. Yee previously coached for a local youth volleyball team. He has been ordered not to have no contact with any of the teams’ members.
Defense attorney Casey Meek said Thursday Yee maintains his innocence.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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