Former Scout Leader and Retired PE Teacher Bill Bricker Arrested on Child Sex Abuse Charges
December 11, 2012
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A 93 year-old Traverse City, Michigan man who served as a Boy Scouts Boy Scout Troop 18 leader and Hubbard Woods Elementary School teacher in Winnetka, IL, and a Wyoming camp counselor is facing sexual abuse charges for decades of abuse at a summer camp in Jackson, WY.
William “Bill” Bricker of Winnetka, IL has been facing allegations of sexual abuse of children for years. Most recently, three people claiming to have been abused by Bricker reported their abuse to law enforcement and Bricker is being evaluated for competency to be extradited t Wyoming where the Teton Valley Ranch Camp was located and the alleged abuse occurred.
According to the <a title=”bill bricker hearing sex abuse” href=”http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/winnetka-northfield-glencoe/ct-bill-bricker-hearing-met-1204-20141204-story.html” target=”_blank”><em>Chicago Tribune'</em>s</a> <span class=”trb_bylines_name_primary”><span class=”trb_bylines_name_author”>Lisa Black and Karen Ann Cullotta, “School and police records indicate that, as early as 1968 and continuing into the 1990s, after Bricker had retired from Hubbard Woods, complaints about Bricker molesting or having inappropriate physical contact with children were brought on multiple occasions to the attention of school officials.” The article also goes on to report that one of those former boys accusing Bricker of molesting him is supported by “Winnetka District 36 documents show was brought to the attention of school officials at the time.”</span></span>
As is obvious by the comments in the same Chicago Tribune article, many people are quick to ask why abuse survivors wait so long to speak out about their abuse. In this case, there were numerous reports through the years, to Boy Scout and Hubbard Woods school officials alleging abuse Bricker. For example, in 1968, the Winnetka Public Schools Superintendent Paul Avery <a title=”memo by Paul Avery about Bricker” href=”http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/winnetka-northfield-glencoe/chi-winnetka-teacher-alleged-abuse-memo-20141017-htmlstory.html” target=”_blank”>wrote a memo</a> to another school administrator regarding charges by several students that Bricker was molesting them. Avery wrote, “I have observed conduct and behavior displayed by Bill Bricker on the Hubbard Woods playground during the last four years which I have judged to be childish, lacking in judgment, and disturbing to children. In light of recent testimony, this conduct on Mr. Bricker’s part takes on a more sinister implication.”
Despite Avery’s memo, no criminal charges were filed, and Bricker did not lose his job–in fact, he retired from teaching with 36 years under his belt.
We applaud those three survivors of abuse for the strength and courage to speak out to the authorities about the criminal abuse. We also want abuse survivors and their friends and family to know that they can also reach out to an attorney for other legal options. The law firm of O’Donnell Clark and Crew LLP, specializes in advocating in court for victims of abuse, and we are concerned with the emotional and mental well-being of our clients.
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