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Catholic School Teacher, William Maclyn Murphy Eick, Turns Self in on Sexual Abuse Warrant

William Maclyn Murphy Eick, arrested on sexual abuse warrant in Mission Hills, Los Angeles

Bishop Alemany High School Teacher Arrested for Sexual Abuse

William Maclyn Murphy Eick was a teacher at Bishop Alemany High School in Mission Hills, Los Angeles.  He turned himself in to police on Tuesday in connection with an arrest warrant on the grounds that he engaged sexually and in sexually suggestive ways with some of his underaged high schools students.  The Los Angeles Police Department issued the following Press Release:

Mission Hills–Sex Crimes detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Mission Division are seeking additional victims of William Maclyn Murphy Eick.

Eick was a teacher at Bishop Alemany High School between 2009 and 2016. He met his victims/students in his capacity as a teacher and took advantage of his position to gain their trust. Eick then engaged in sexual intercourse with them.

William Eick turned himself in on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 an arrest warrant for 261.5 (c) PC- Unlawful Sex with a Minor and 288a (b) (1) PC- Oral Copulation.  He was booked and released on a $70,000 bail.

Detectives believe there may be additional victims of other unreported incidents and are asking for the public’s assistance in locating them.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Kittle, Mission Area Sex Crimes Unit, at (818) 838-9969. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on “Anonymous Web Tips” under the “Get Involved-Crime Stoppers” menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the “P3 Tips” mobile application and select the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.

The source of this information comes from a press release issued by the Los Angeles Police Department on May 3, 2017 the ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE CAN BE ACCESSED HERE.

How Many Victims, Still Unknown

L.A.P.D. detectives suspect that William Eick abused more girls at Bishop Alemany.  Our research shows that approximately 30% of all sexually abused minors report cases of sexual abuse by a trusted adult.  Nevertheless, it is important for any student who has been sexually coerced by a teacher to seek legal advice.  When a teacher takes advantage of young girls and boys through sexual relationships, the students are left to bear an unfair burden.  And it’s this very type of confusing and overwhelming situation that might make a young student apprehensive about reporting directly to the police.  If you feel this way, then your best option is to speak to a lawyer who can help you understand your rights.  All of our consultations with clients are confidential.  So even if you or someone you know had intimate contact with William Eick as a student, Anthony DeMarco can provide fully confidential legal advice and help possible victims begin to cope with the complexities of teacher/student sexual abuse.

Don’t allow yourself to be a statistic

If authorities don’t understand the full scope of abusive behavior practiced by a sexual perpetrator, then it is difficult to assess how many minors may have been victimized.  Based on the statistics alone, there are possibly 6 or 7 more girls who were sexually molested by William Maclyn Murphy Eick.  Recent reports indicate that William Eick had a tendency to develop “friendly” relationships with students who were nearly 18 years-old.  We call this type of behavior “grooming;” when a sexual predator develops an emotional connection with his young victims.  Grooming is a way for sexual predators to appear “normal” when, in fact, they are strategically coercing their potential victims into thinking that an ensuing sexual relationship is mutual.

Secrets like these don’t help

Quite often, sexual relationships between students and teachers are known about by the students’ friends.  Talking to a lawyer about a sexual relationship between a student and a teacher can help ease the burden that a student feels when holding these types of secrets.  A good lawyer will help guide you through the process and help you make decisions that are best for you.

No high school student should be subject to the sexual advances of a teacher and any teacher who would uses their authority as a trusted adult to take advantage of their student in a sexual manner should be held accountable for the personal harm they have inflicted.Anthony DeMarco, Sexual Abuse Attorney Los Angeles

Consider speaking to a lawyer if you or someone you know were sexually involved with William Eick.  Anthony DeMarco can help guide you towards the resources that are available to you so that you can help yourself, your friend, or your family member recover fully from this experience.  If it were okay for an adult teacher to have sexual relationships with his young students, then the police would not be seeking an arrest.  Help is here for you.

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We will be updating this post and details surrounding the William Eick and Bishop Alemany High School case in the following weeks.

Sexual Abuse Case Resources

The Law Office of Anthony DeMarco has compiled a running list of teachers and schools who have been accused or convicted of child sexual abuse. See both our Case Resources and Teacher and School Accountability pages for more information on sexual abuse in schools.  If you have any questions about the law and sexual abuse, then please CONTACT US.

Anthony DeMarco is a California child molestation attorney in Pasadena, CA.  He has practiced childhood sexual abuse law since 2002 and has been instrumental in exposing sexual abuse scandals in large organizations such as the Catholic Church, School Districts, Youth Sports, and Youth Organizations.