Tim Yergeau, the former director of strategic communications at the Southern New England branch of Planned Parenthood, committed suicide amid a child pornography investigation in Connecticut on Tuesday, as reported by the New York Post.
According to the article, police failed to arrest the 36-year-old on child pornography charges and botched the raid by knocking down the door of Yergeau’s neighbor, and handcuffing her before realizing they had raided the wrong apartment.
“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 confirmed. He added that internal affairs investigators are looking into how cops botched the raid.
After leaving Planned Parenthood, Yergeau began working as the marketing and communications director at Long Wharf Theatre in August 2022. According to the organization’s website, he had also previously worked for the New Haven Free Public Library Foundation.
The police have two open investigations into the matter, and they will not release the application for the search warrant or provide information about what was found in Yergeau’s apartment until they confirm no other suspects were involved. The state of Connecticut may also decide to withhold the warrant.
Yergeau’s neighbor, Stacey Wezenter, was traumatized by the raid, as she recounted being handcuffed and held at gunpoint. “You just don’t do that to people,” she said. She was planning to bring a plate of Easter leftovers to Yergeau on Monday but accidentally fell asleep with her son.
The police have expressed regret over the botched raid. “Unfortunately, a mistake was made,” Jacobson said. “We feel for the woman, and we’re going to do everything we can to make it right,” he added.
The Long Wharf Theatre issued a statement expressing shock and sadness over the developments, saying it would be inappropriate to comment further given the difficult news.
The investigation into Yergeau’s death and the child pornography charges against him are ongoing.