William Hartwell Bricker is a 94-year-old former teacher and Boy Scout leader in Illinois who was arrested in Michigan at an assisted living facility and charged with felonies for alleged sexual abuse of children at a camp in Wyoming in 1962 and 1985.
William Hartwell Bricker (mugshot photo above) was a physical education teacher in Winnetka, Illinois at Hubbard Woods Elementary School from 1949 to 1985, according to the Chicago Tribune. As noted he is also formerly a Boy Scout leader. He is variously known as Bill Bricker and William Bricker.
The newspaper goes on to note that the alleged sexual abuse crimes against two minors took place in Wyoming at a youth camp. Quoting a spokesperson for the Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Department in Michigan, Bricker was arrested on Tuesday, September 23 in Grand Traverse County, Michigan at an assisted living facility on a felony arrest warrant issued in Wyoming. He was taken into custody and charged with one count of immoral acts with a child and one count of immoral or indecent acts.
He had a video arraignment on Thursday, September 25 and is being held without bond awaiting extradition to Teton County, Wyoming where he faces the charges. According to the Winnetka Sun-Times, quoting Teton County, Wyoming official court documents Bricker was charged for alleged sex crimes which he allegedly committed at the Teton Valley Ranch Camp, a youth camp located in Kelly, Wyoming.
The Teton Sheriff’s Office began the investigation into allegations against Bricker which were brought to their attention by the Boy Scouts of America.
The court documents state that he is alleged to have sexually assaulted a 13-year-old boy during the summer of 1962 at Teton Valley Ranch Camp. He is also alleged to have sexually assaulted a second boy in the summer of 1985 at the same camp. As for details of the 1985 allegations, the documents state that at that time he was a “live-in counselor” and had “9 to 11 other kids” sharing his cabin.
The newspaper goes on to note that law enforcement agencies in Wyoming contact Bricker’s former employer, the Winnetka Public Schools District 36, to request records related to the investigation.
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