A former high-ranking staffer for Planned Parenthood committed suicide days after a botched raid connected to a child pornography investigation in which police negligently broke into the residence of his neighbor, detaining her instead.
Photos from the Instagram account of a former Planned Parenthood communications director in Connecticut who was wanted in a child sex abuse investigation. Tim Yergeau just killed himself before he could be arrested. https://t.co/5U6FK03OWB pic.twitter.com/7ATUrlV5ul
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) April 16, 2023
In an effort to go after Planned Parenthood’s former strategic communications director at the Southern New England branch (PPSNE), Tim Yergeau, police officers on the scene busted into the apartment of his neighbor, putting her in handcuffs.
“The person who died was definitely the suspect in a child pornography investigation and the person who committed suicide,” New Haven Police Chief Karl Jacobson told the Hearst Connecticut Media Group on Wednesday.
He commented on the botched raid as well, noting, “They obviously hit the wrong door.”
The New Haven police chief added, “Unfortunately, a mistake was made… We feel for the woman and we’re going to do everything we can to make it right.”
The Daily Mail reported that Jacobson initiated a probe into the department’s internal affairs in reaction to what went down.
Fox News said police realized the neighbor, Stacey Wezenter, was not the actual suspect once they perused her apartment and found her young son’s toys.
Yergeau reportedly exited his job at Planned Parenthood to assume a position as communications director at Long Wharf Theatre in August 2022. A spokesman from the theater reacted to the news, expressing that the company is “shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the developments of the last 24 hours.”
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While he still worked at Planned Parenthood, Yergeau helped lead an initiative in which participants of a PPSNE event drafted 247 “love letters” to abortion, according to the Arts Council of Greater New Haven. According to the event’s organizers, the 247 figure stems from their calculated average number of miles a woman must go in order to end the life of a child she is pregnant with. The outlet notably referred to the person receiving an abortion as a “pregnant person” rather than a woman.
Police have not let out details surrounding the warrant and charges against Yergeau, citing the ongoing investigations on the matter.