Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A Bill Bricker Backstory Part II

NOTE: Part II has been updated, but needs more editing and it's missing some links. So please bear with me. Also, keep in mind, this is not a news account, but a personal commentary and all that implies.

So what do you do when a friend says he's been molested by everyone's favorite scoutmaster? If you're me, you want to tell the authorities. But which ones? The cops? The Boy Scouts? The Board of Education? A reporter? I tried all of them. For the last twenty years, nobody who could do anything -- who should have done something -- gave a shit. Nobody.

Twenty years ago [in the 1990's], my friend was very reluctant to come forward with his claims of sexual abuse. He's the man I call Ground Zero, because he was the first to tell me what allegedly transpired in Bill Bricker's tent when he was on a Boy Scout overnight. He insisted on remaining anonymous, unless we could find another scout who could corroborate the molestation by sharing his own experience. Without someone else, he couldn't bear the thought of standing alone to face the guaranteed backlash that occurs whenever you accuse someone that people admire of pedophilia. I find it interesting that most of the backlash since Bricker's arrest has been directed toward the reporters. As if they were making this stuff up.

At the time, I knew in my gut that my friend's experience was the tip of a huge iceberg. So I went to the Winnetka police to report what he had told me, even though he wasn't ready to come forward yet. They're TRAINED PROFESSIONALS -- allegedly -- maybe they had a way to get people to come forward. At least they could start an investigation. 

I was interviewed by a uniformed officer, not a detective. That should have been my first indication of their complete lack of interest. He sat and took notes on the back of a torn envelope -- not even an intake form -- another obvious clue that my story would be going into the circular file, shortly after I left. He may have even yawned. Our conversation ended with him announcing that the statute of limitations had passed, and I should not ever expect to hear from them one way or another. I never did. 

Note to Winnetka Cops -- you should have had protocols in place to handle any report of child abuse. But you didn't. Do you even know the responsibilities of a mandated reporter? Even though you claim to have no police files on Bricker going back to the Mayflower, we know from an attorney's letter in Bricker's Board of Education teacher file that Winnetka's Police Chief, Don Derning, talked to the family about the accusation. A handwritten timetable of events in the spring of 1968 also includes the notation "May 10 • Bill Bricker sees Don Derning." Sounds like a face-to-face come to Jesus meeting to me.

Just how did that conversation go?

Chief Derning: Bill, I'm hearing some allegations from the Board of Education. Are they true? 

Bill Bricker: No.

Chief Derning: Okay then. I guess we're done here.

Bill Bricker continued teaching for seventeen more years. UPDATE: Make that more like 21 years. A closer examination of his salary payouts from the BOE reveals that while he retired on paper in 1985, he continued as a full-time substitute teacher at full salary for four more years, through 1989. 

After Bricker's arrest last month by deputies who took him to jail from a skilled nursing facility in Traverse City, MI, the Winnetka police made a great show of handling a new report from a woman in her sixties who alleges that Bricker fondled her during indoor recess in 1958 [link to come]. 

Surprisingly, the Chicago Tribune included the graphic description of her alleged abuse contained in the police report [link to come]. With the hot light of publicity shining on them, this time the cops leaped into action to investigate the woman's report and called in the State's Attorney's sex crimes people. After pushing some paper around, they finally announced that there was nothing to do because the statute of limitations had passed. Case closed. If only the police had done half as much twenty years ago, Bricker would have been arrested and prosecuted well before his advanced age, his heart attack, and his failing health became an issue.  

But, they did nothing. 
 
As we have discovered, Bricker's teacher file alone would have lent a boatload of credence to the abuse I was alleging. Enough to ignite an investigation. Have I mentioned twenty years ago?

Just an FYI, if the perpetrator is also a scout leader, you might want to contact the BSA's national office in Dallas. Ask whether the person is listed in their "Ineligible Volunteers" files. There's even a special department for questions about those people. But don't expect the BSA folks to fall all over themselves in an effort to cooperate. The "O" in Boy Scouts stands for OBFUSCATE. 

During their first 100 years, the BSA accumulated over 20,000 secret files they kept on adults in scouting who had crossed the line -- from "shouting at kids" [I'm quoting the BSA office and laughing out loud] to pedophilia. These I.V. files were forced out into the open by two major lawsuits [link to come]. The files I read all contain references to pedophile behavior. Despite the BSA's contention, there's no mention, I found, of anyone in an I.V. file who was removed from scouting for shouting at children. 

Even more disconcerting, like the ongoing Catholic priest debacle, Boy Scout criminal behavior with minors has rarely ever been reported to law enforcement, just monitored by the local or national BSA headquarters. 

Now referred to as "perversion files" [Google it], these Boy Scout I.V. folders were purged several years ago from a high of 20,000 to a mere 6,000 in a move that screams Cover Your Ass. When I searched, there were no files with Bill Bricker's name. I was incredulous, especially given the BOE revelations this month, revealing the claims of molestation against him. So when the scout leadership insists that 2014 is the first time they've had any reports about Bricker, I find their claims to be abundantly disingenuous. 

Twenty years ago, I contacted the local NE Council just to find out if Bricker was still attached to a troop. I was appalled to discover that he was. It is worth noting that according to his BOE teacher file, Bricker supposedly relinquished his leadership and active involvement in Troop 18 in early July of 1968, almost thirty years earlier. Except not really.

Bricker's show of stepping down as scout master of Troop 18 took place not long after complaints against him were reported to the scouts, as well as the owners of Teton Valley Ranch Camp [who backed him 100% and said he would always have a job with them], and his bosses at the Winnetka Board of Education. 

Astonishingly, the School Board let Bricker continue teaching at Hubbard Woods, but no longer let him coach after school sports at Skokie Junior High, because the boy[s] who made the complaints against him would be there. The fox can stay in the chicken house as long as he stops sampling the meat -- metaphors intended. Let that astonishing example of a bureaucratic cluster fuck sink in. 

The Board also scheduled an appointment for him to see a shrink [Where is that evaluation? Was it ever done?]. From what I've read, the highlight of the BOE investigation was to ask Bricker whether the allegations about him were true. In fact that's how they handled each case. First ask Bricker if they accusations were true. Then take him at his word. 

Accusations about Bricker's alleged behavior should have been reported to the National Boy Scouts. In fact, he should have been listed in the Ineligible Volunteer files and removed permanently from scouting. However, the Winnetka scouting community clearly chose to keep things among themselves. 

Once again nobody did anything to stop him.  

In the midst of all these allegations in the spring of 1968, it's interesting that Bricker, who was 48 and described by a former camper as a "confirmed bachelor," suddenly got engaged in July and then married three months later. The Winnetka scouting leadership allowed him to use his impending marriage, not the accusations of alleged molestation, as his excuse to gracefully step down from the leadership of Troop 18. Here's the paragraph they cobbled together:

"In view of his pending marriage, Bill Bricker has asked to be relieved of his responsibilities as Scoutmaster of Troop 18. After twenty years of service, the Troop Committee has reluctantly acceded to Bill's wishes, expressing the hope that his advice and counsel will continue to be available to the troop." 

In the end, Bricker never stopped teaching until 1989, four years after he retired. Not only was he not fired, he stayed on as a full time sub, when they could have let him ease on down the road and never teach in Winnetka again. He also continued as a camp counselor at Teton Valley Ranch Camp until 2002, retiring with great fanfare and a celebration [link to come]. Finally, despite the show of stepping down in 1968, he never left scouting. In fact there was an effort to get him a 50 year scouting certificate in 1988. [More about that in Backstory III.] On the other hand, his childless, and arguably, sham marriage formally ended in divorce in 1972. But, according to my sources, it's worth noting that his wife left after only 18 months.  

What about the other Winnetka Scout Leaders? The owner of Fritts' Sporting Goods store in Winnetka, also a Marine like Bricker, has run Winnetka's popular Troop 20 for decades. Has anyone ever asked Mr. Fritts or any others scout leaders whether they heard the rumors about Bricker and Troop 18 over the years? They all had to have known what happened in 1968. Not that Mr. Fritts would ever tell you.  

Why so cynical? I spent some up close and personal time dealing with Troop 20's leader when he was Executive Director of the Winnetka Community house and Camp Douglas Smith in the 1970's. To say he ran things like a Marine who is used to giving orders and never giving in is not an exaggeration. I was in charge of the inaugural year of a huge fundraising event and he wasn't exactly warm and fuzzy to deal with. When the event was over I presented him with a t-shirt that said, "Beneath this cold exterior, there beats a heart of stone." And I meant every word. His cooperation re: Brickergate is out of the question. 

After the cops and the Boy Scouts, my next stop, again twenty years ago, was a phone call to the Winnetka Board of Education offices. I wanted Bricker's teaching file, which I expected to show that he had been fired for inappropriate behavior with a child. I was sure there would be a smoking gun. 

Nope. Not a chance, I was told. You can't have the file. This month, with law enforcement breathing down their necks, the BOE just released everything in his file. As someone said when I called to get my copy sent to me, "It's the right thing to do." Haaaa. Only when the world is watching, apparently. 

Twenty years ago, I was told by the BOE that I couldn't even get Bricker's BOE file using the Freedom of Information Act [FOIA]. That sounded wrong to me, but I didn't have the internet as a resource back then, so, while I felt stonewalled, I didn't know what else to do to get a copy. So I did nothing. I didn't even get the name of the woman who answered the phone. Or record the date I called. Very naive. 

Turns out that the School Board has been blowing smoke all this time, invoking a section of FOIA they claimed exempted them from providing Bricker's file, until an attorney for one of Bricker's accusers pointed out that in cases of child abuse, all bets are off. Sure they can redact personal information, but hand over the files already.

Only this month with the release of his school records have I learned that the smoking gun I expected wasn't there. As I said, Bricker was never fired, despite claims of sexual abuse dating back to 1968. The real smoking gun is that the police chief met with Bricker and the family of the accused in 1968 [separately], but there's nothing recorded in the police files. 

In February [2014] after my initial visit to the cops regarding Bricker in the 1990's, I contacted the Winnetka police again. This time I wanted any and all information they had on Bricker. They told me about a file they had recently received, and said it would be provided to me, with names, ages, and addresses redacted, via FOIA. So I did the paperwork and turned it in. While I was at the police station, I asked whether the Winnetka cops had a record of the time I came in to make a report about Bricker. Nope. When I told them I had been in there before to report Bricker, a detective said, "Well, that was then." I assume he meant before the current chief of police. But he didn't elaborate. 

After Bricker was arrested on the Wyoming warrant for two counts of inappropriate behavior with two different minors, one in 1962 and one in 1985, I realized that he could have been prosecuted in Illinois as well as Wyoming. If only the cops had investigated my complaint twenty years ago. Because the molestation I reported had happened to people in the fifties, it never occurred to the police that Bricker had been around long enough to affect a second generation of scouts, students, and campers.  

Once again, I ran into a wall. This time with my 2014 FOIA request.

After reviewing my request, the Winnetka police sent me a three-page phone log that included one small paragraph about a phone call from the Boy Scouts that referenced alleged inappropriate contact of a minor by Bricker. But there was no comprehensive file included. I think they were hoping I wouldn't notice. 

Fed up with getting the runaround, I went higher up on the food chain. I wrote to the State's Attorney's office to appeal. An ASA sent the Winnetka Police a two-page letter [copying me] that basically said, put up or shut up. And I got the file. I also got lots of apologies from the Winnetka cops when I went to pick it up. They claimed they didn't realize there was an actual file to give me, blah blah blah. 

Oh, the shucking and jiving. From the police to the Boy Scouts to the Board of Education. So many different people, all of whom are mandated to protect children. All of whom continue to drop the ball.

NEXT INSTALLMENT -- Backstory III: The reporters who ignored the story, new stonewalling from the scouts, and the years that passed before I got an email from the Teton County [WY] Sheriff's office announcing their criminal investigation into Bricker. 

PREVIOUS INSTALLMENT -- Backstory I: HERE


Saturday, October 11, 2014

A Bill Bricker Backstory Part I

[A reminder: Bill Bricker has been arrested on two counts of inappropriate contact with a minor. These accusations and many others are alleged to be true by his accusers. I am inclined to believe them. However, he is innocent of any and all charges until proven guilty in a court of law.]

How did I get into this Bill Bricker firestorm? While my family has lived in Winnetka, IL. since 1954, Bill Bricker was never my gym teacher, because I never went to Hubbard Woods School. He was never my Boy Scout leader, because, like Little League, I was not eligible. And he was never my counselor at Camp Northland in Minnesota or Teton Valley Ranch Camp in Wyoming.  

So, he never took me into his office and lifted up my shirt on my birthday; he never sat me on his lap with his hand under my dress or inside my panties at recess; he never grabbed or rubbed me between the legs at the Halloween Haunted House; and I never had to share his sleeping bag with his genitals rubbing against my back. These are behaviors alleged by just some of the people who have come forward with their claims of abuse. 

But I had relatives and friends who did attend Hubbard Woods School, several of whom said they avoided Bricker especially on their birthdays. I also had friends and relatives who were in Troop 18, one of whom told me he had been molested. 

And I have this blog. Thanks to a single news article about Bricker from 2005, which I re-posted on my blog in 2007, along with the passage of time, and the rising courage of some brave people who are finally able to come forward, the North Shore's most notorious teacher, scout leader, and camp counselor has been arrested. 

IN THE BEGINNING
Between fifteen and twenty years ago -- neither one of us can remember exactly -- a childhood friend reconnected with me. We had first met in the 1950's, when we were ten or eleven, riding the bus from summer swimming classes at New Trier High School in Winnetka, IL. My first impression of him has stayed with me all these years -- Holy Cow!! He's probably the cutest boy I've ever seen. My second impression? His dark eyes were beyond intense and piercing. They smoldered with anger. In fact, I can still see him staring right through me after a mutual friend introduced us. 

Since we were the same age, I thought [I hoped] we would be in the same grade when school started, except he had been held back that year for some reason. We didn't meet again until high school. As luck would have it, one of my best friends became his high school girlfriend. So he and I became buddies. 

After college we all went our separate ways. My girlfriend married someone else. He did the Haight-Ashbury thing in the Sixties, becoming a roadie for some heavy duty bands, then spending two years traveling throughout India. I started my career in advertising, did improv with Second City's first Monday Night cast, and modeled on the side [I was Miss Goosepimple of 1967 for Zonolite insulation]. 

Thirty years later, when we were in our fifties, he sent me a letter. Still living in California, he was now a divorced father with custody of some or all of his kids. Since they were older, it had been their choice to stay with their dad. Obviously he connected in a good way with his children. He seemed to enjoy single parenthood and he was looking forward to becoming a granddad. 

Later that year, during a 'what's new with you?' phone call, he told me something that raised a red flag about his childhood. Owner of his own business, which had become a turnkey operation, he said he was donating his free time to a nonprofit that helped young, single mothers get back on their feet to find jobs. What did he do to help? He volunteered as a babysitter for their kids. On the face of it, that information seems fairly innocuous. But my sixth sense locked in. 

It is arguably rare for a middle-aged man to volunteer as a babysitter. But rather than just assume he was a pedophile, I wondered whether his obvious care and concern for children might have something to do with being molested himself as a boy? I recalled his angry eyes when we were eleven and how he had been kept back a year in school.  

With a Freudian psychoanalyst for a father, you learn to listen with a third ear. It's not just what people say; it's what you can hear between the words. Eventually this drill becomes automatic, almost second nature. The good news is you can become a more empathetic and understanding person. [I'm still working on that.] The bad news is that it tends to annoy the heck out of your family and friends. Since the unexamined life was never an option for me growing up, I am hardwired with endless curiosity to know what makes people tick. Over time my fallback analysis of people with significant psychological issues is that they have suffered the trauma of sexual abuse -- much to my children's annoyance. "Mom, not EVERYONE has been molested!"  Sometimes, however, I really and truly wonder.

My friends will be shocked to learn that I waited a whole year to find out whether or not my childhood friend had been molested. Listening patiently really isn't one of my greatest strengths. Telling you things is more my style. But I didn't have to ask; he told me. We were discussing something about Bill Bricker [I don't remember the context] and he said, "He molested me." I was stunned. My first thought was, "For once you were right!" Apparently the years of rumors about the charismatic scout leader's alleged behavior might be true after all. Certainly for one boy. But that was just the first step in a journey that has taken the better part of twenty years.

Later that year [still 15-20 years ago if you're keeping track], I talked to someone else who had also been in Bricker's Troop 18. I mentioned to him that someone we knew told me he had been molested by Bricker. Before I could express my own shock at first hearing this news, he suddenly blurted out, "He molested me, too." Without getting into too much detail, his behavior had become quite toxic in his early teens, something his parents chalked up to teenaged rebellion. But happy kids don't act out. Troubled ones do. As an adult he had become an alcoholic. He now thinks people are trying to kill him with microwaves. And yes, he wears an aluminum hat on occasion. He called me a couple of years ago about getting his affairs in order, since he claimed his death was imminent. I asked how soon he was going to die. He said he would be dead in thirty days. Wow. The thirty days have long passed. Now, when he has called, I say things like, "Hey, aren't you supposed to be dead?" A reality check tends to be my fallback when talking to delusional people. His messed up existence is just one example of the aftermath that can occur from sexual abuse. Full disclosure -- he called me later to retract what he had said about being molested. I told him his life said otherwise. 

Suddenly I was carrying an emotional weight that felt very heavy -- to this day. Within days or weeks of each other, two men I had known since childhood had told me that Bill Bricker molested them. 

Did I know anyone else? And I remembered a third possible victim. My girlfriend, whose boyfriend had been the first to tell me about his abuse, had a younger brother who had also been in Bricker's Troop 18. He started hearing voices in high school and committed suicide when he was in college in the Sixties. Like most of the victims coming forward now, he never told anyone he had been molested before his suicide, so we will never know for sure. But killing himself to escape his ferocious inner turmoil, likely caused by an adult he trusted, is another reminder of the damage left in the wake of sexual abuse. 

I remember calling his sister a few years ago to tell her I was fairly convinced that the pain and shame of molestation could explain why he took his life. She felt the same way I did. 

There have been other suicides. In fact, in the early eighties, Time Magazine ran an article on September 1, 1980, about the suicide epidemic on the North Shore, where Bill Bricker had been teaching gym and leading Boy Scouts for thirty years. And some of those kids may have also been his campers at Teton Valley Ranch Camp. They called the 20-mile stretch of wealthy suburbs along the lake "the Suicide Belt." In 17 months, 28 kids had taken their own lives. I have also seen some other estimates which put the number of suicides during that period in the high thirties. At one point this year, a friend and I started making a list of suicides of boys we knew who went to Hubbard Woods or belonged to Boy Scout Troop 18. We stopped at ten. We also started another list of kids we knew whose lives went off the rails. 

I have to stop this narrative for now, because writing this stuff makes me sad, depressed, and not a little angry.


NEXT: A Bill Bricker Backstory Part II: HERE -- Trying to get the story told and hitting a brick wall, again and again. 

 


Friday, October 10, 2014

Bill Bricker Claims Innocence

According to Michael Lewis, Bricker's criminal defense attorney in Traverse City, MI, Bricker has claimed he is innocent of the charges against him. I believe they will be fighting his extradition to Wyoming. In most cases like this, it will be six months to a year before it goes to trial. Meanwhile, because of the criminal charges against him, Bricker will not be allowed to return to the skilled nursing care facility where he was recovering from a heart attack. So he is living with relatives. 

I hope reading Bill Bricker's claims of innocence, despite charges pending from two generations of campers who attended Teton Valley Ranch Camp, is enough to anger more of his victims from Hubbard Woods School and the Boy Scouts. Enough for them to finally come forward and tell the authorities what they experienced. Even if the statute of limitations in Illinois has passed. Call the Wyoming Sheriff's Office @307-733-4052. 






A Woman in Her Sixties Comes Forward

According to an October 9, 2014, Karen Cullotta story in the Chicago Tribune, another victim who claims she was molested by Bill Bricker, has told her story to the Winnetka police. 

In an old [now deleted] comment from the Glen Arbor Sun's website, we noticed a reference to girls being molested as well as boys. According to the person who commented, some female members from a Hubbard Woods alumni group often talked about inappropriate experiences with Bricker. Perhaps this woman is one of them.  

Thanks to one of our readers for posting the link to the article in the comments of a previous post on this blog. Here's the LINK.

Here's an excerpt from the Tribune article:

The woman told authorities that Bricker would encourage the girls to sit on his lap during indoor recess. She said that on at least one occasion, Bricker put his hand inside her underwear and "rubbed her buttocks," according to the police report.




Winnetka police Chief Patrick Kreis said this week that during the course of a recent investigation into the woman's claim, officials with the Cook County state's attorney office's sex crimes unit determined that charges could not be pursued because the state's statute of limitations had expired.
"We have closed this case in Winnetka, but we have been communicating with the authorities in Wyoming on multiple occasions and will continue to do so as warranted," Kreis said.




Thursday, October 2, 2014

Did Bill Bricker Ever Get Married?

Did Bill Bricker ever marry? Yes or no? That question was raised in the comments after the original post [LINK TO COME] One former boy scout in Troop 18 claims that he did get married. As if marriage should absolve him of any claims of sexual abuse. I say he didn't get married, although I found an announcement for an engagement, when he was 48. But, so far, there's no evidence of a marriage taking place following the engagement. Or a divorce for that matter.  

Granted, just getting married doesn't rule out inappropriate sexual behavior with children [Sandusky anyone?]. But Bricker's long bachelorhood and chosen profession[s] could easily be the profile of an alleged pedophile. 

By all accounts [except one], Bricker was a single, never married man. He also chose to work with children well into his sixties [He was 65 in 1985, the year of the second charge of alleged inappropriate behavior with a minor in Wyoming.] 

If that isn't enough, he not only had daily, year round contact with children as a teacher and scout leader, but he also spent his summers as a camp counselor in Wyoming. Did I mention working with children?

Below is a newspaper clipping from the Milwaukee Sentinel or Herald [I'll check later]. In 1968, Bricker got engaged to Alice Kowitz, an NU grad student who was living in Park Ridge, according to this announcement. We have not found a subsequent wedding announcement or a divorce. 

Which seems to beg the question, why did he get engaged in the first place? Was this a smokescreen? 

UPDATE: Bricker's engagement announcement in the summer of 1968 followed within weeks of accusations of sexual abuse that spring. His marriage three months later ended in divorce in 1972. Our sources tell us that his wife left after 18 months. He never remarried. 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Navigating this blog for Bill Bricker posts

Since news articles about Bill Bricker's arrest have mentioned this blog, here's how to search for the most Bricker related posts -- scroll down to find the search box in the right hand side bar. Enter "Bill Bricker" into the box. Most of the posts should appear. The very first one, and probably most informative, is entitled, "You can run, but you can't hide." It was originally posted in 2007 to highlight an article in the Glen Arbor (MI) Sun that profiled Bricker in 2005. The comments are very revealing.

Contacts:

• Charlotte Reynolds at Teton County Sheriff's Office -- 307-732-5786
Charlotte is the information officer for the Teton County Sheriffs who are investigating the case. She can take your message and pass it on to the detectives. She can also answer many questions.
• Attorney Marc Pearlman in Chicago -- 312-261-4554 • If you were born after 1965, the statute
of limitations in Illinois may not be an issue. Reminder: There is no statute of limitations for crimes committed in Wyoming
• Teton County Sheriff's office main number -- 307-733-4052 -- an alternate number if you can't reach Charlotte Reynolds


Thursday, September 25, 2014

94-year-old man arrested for Teton Valley Ranch Camp accusations - Jackson Hole News&Guide: Cops & Courts

94-year-old man arrested for Teton Valley Ranch Camp accusations - Jackson Hole News&Guide: Cops & Courts



This link takes you to coverage of Bricker's arrest in the Jackson Hole News and Guide, the local paper for the Teton County area.

All of Bricker's Alleged Victims Can Have Their Say in Court

The warrant for Bill Bricker's arrest on September 23, 2014 was for two alleged sexual assaults that took place in Wyoming. One in 1962 and one in 1985. Based on the number of comments from alleged victims in previous blog posts, that number is probably just the tip of the iceberg. 

While it may seem like there would be no opportunity for Bill Bricker's alleged victims in Illinois to ever face him in court -- statute of limitations, etc -- there is one way you can be heard, while also making an important difference.

Detail your experiences in a letter to the Wyoming court, which can then be entered into evidence during his trial in Wyoming. The legalese is kind of fancy, so I will return with the actual wording of what the procedure is called, after I track it down. 

Think about it. The man is 94 and he's on oxygen. He's not going to live much longer. Before he dies, you have a chance to tell him how his allegedly inappropriate behavior affected your life, how it has made you feel, changed you, along with anything else you want to say. Meanwhile, he has to sit in court and listen while a litany of his alleged transgressions is read into the record. 

People always talk about closure. For me, Bricker's arrest after all these years is closure. He should have been prosecuted decades ago. Anyone who protected him is just as guilty. That includes the police, the boy scouts, and the school system. 

All I did was to find an article about him, written in 2005, which I posted here in 2007. 

After that, it was the people who read and commented on this blog who got the job done. You and the tenacious Teton County Sheriff's detectives. You and attorney Marc Pearlman. You and the courageous boy scouts who got tired of living with the burden of what Bill Bricker did to them.

  In my opinion, Wyoming is light years ahead of the Illinois courts in cases like this. This is a unique opportunity to get a lifetime of shame and guilt off your chest. 

Call the Teton Country Sheriff's Office in Jackson, WY @307-733-4052. Find out how to submit your letter to the court. 

Deputies arrest 94-year-old man for allegedly sexually assaulting children

Deputies arrest 94-year-old man for allegedly sexually assaulting children: A 94-year-old man was arraigned on Thursday in Grand Traverse County after an arrest warrant was issued in the state of Wyoming for allegedly sexually assaulting a child.

Check out the link to see Bricker's mugshot and read the article. Apparently there are two charges -- one that occurred in 1962. The other which occurred in 1985. Allegedly. It is not too late to contact the Teton County Sheriff's office in WY. 307-733-4052. The more victims who step up, even from Illinois, the stronger the case.

1962. Fifty years ago. Then 1985. Twenty some years later. And how many in between? As well as before and after. Bricker joined the scouts In the late thirties.

One other factoid. Bricker was a Scoutmaster in the late forties, when Winnetka's own Donald Rumsfeld was working on becoming an Eagle Scout.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Bill Bricker Has Been Arrested

I received a phone call from law enforcement today. Bill Bricker has been
arrested for alleged crimes against minors in Wyoming. I do not have details. Wyoming does not have a statute of limitations. Illinois does. 

I do not know whether Bricker is out on bail. I do not know whether he will be extradited. I only know that he has been arrested.

UPDATE: Bricker is being held on $150,000 bond in Grand Traverse County Jail in Michigan, pursuant to extradition to Wyoming. He is the former Scoutmaster of Troop 18 and gym teacher at Hubbard Woods School in Winnetka, IL, who spent his summers as a wrangler at Teton Valley Ranch Camp in Jackson, WY. More than two generations of children may finally get some justice.