An attorney for David Murphy, the former Herscher High School teacher and wrestling coach accused of assaulting six students, is asking a Kendall County Judge for reduced bond, giving the public the first on-the-record response to the accusations made last month.
In a brief court motion filed this week, attorney Francis Lipuma says Murphy is a father-to-be and decorated Marine, posing no "risk of flight and ... no threat to the physical safety of any person."
Murphy, 29, was in Kankakee County Court on Wednesday during a hearing on the restraining order the students and their parents filed in December. The attorney for the students, Deanna Webb Carlson, withdrew those restraining orders, telling the judge Murphy's restrictive bond conditions are enough.
That hearing has no bearing on Murphy's criminal case up in Kendall County, where he faces nine felony counts of sexual abuse and battery stemming from a Dec. 11 incident when he allegedly touched three girls sexually and threatened three of their male classmates who tried to intervene. The incident occurred in a Yorkville hotel during an overnight wrestling trip.
Murphy has yet to be arraigned.
Meanwhile, the six students are coming off three-day suspensions. Rich Decman, the superintendent of the Herscher school district would not comment on those suspensions, but Carlson said the parents of the students are expected to appeal the decision next Monday during the next school board meeting.
The students originally were suspended for 10 days, but Decman reduced the suspensions to three days.
According to the motion Murphy's attorney filed on Tuesday, Murphy lives in Mokena with his girlfriend and the couple is expecting a child. He served as a Marine for 11 years, going overseas to Iraq for eight months in 2008.
The court filing also says Murphy is receiving treatment at a VA clinic in Chicago and a behavioral health clinic in New Lenox, but it does not indicate why.
Murphy was charged on Dec. 31 and turned himself in the following day. A judge set his bond at $250,000 and Murphy's parents posted the requisite $25,000 to get him out. Murphy must wear a GPS tracking device and is barred from any contact with anyone involved in the case.