Multiple charges ranging from aggravated battery to criminal sexual abuse to aggravated criminal sexual abuse have been brought against now former Herscher High School teacher David Murphy.
Murphy, 29, Mokena, turned himself over to Kendall County authorities on Friday, four days after he had resigned from his teaching position at Herscher.
According to Kendall County State’s Attorney Eric Weis, Murphy has a court hearing at 9:00 am on Thursday. Bond has been set at $250,000, and Murphy has posted the required 10 percent to be released.
He is required to wear a GPS tracking device at all times and he is ordered to have no contact with minors, Weis indicated.
The charges against Murphy stem from an overnight trip with the Herscher wrestling team he was coaching.
The Herscher High School wrestling team was competing in the Reaper Classic at Plano the weekend of Dec. 11 and 12, and was lodging at a hotel in Yorkville.
The eight felony counts are related to Murphy’s alleged actions with six students who were either wrestlers or team statisticians.
Besides the multiple felony counts, Murphy also faces a misdemeanor alcohol-related charge.
The allegations surfaced on Dec. 16, the Wednesday following the overnight trip.
The parents of the six students involved filed a restraining order against Murphy, who was not present at that night’s wrestling meet in Herscher. He was suspended for the final two days of the semester before schools closed for Christmas vacation.
David Zinanni, who has served as an assistant football coach at HHS, has been employed as the interim wrestling coach. Volunteer assistant coach Robert Windmiller remains with the team.
Murphy’s father, Michael Murphy, has been released from his position as assistant coach.
Murphy was in his fourth year of teaching social studies at Herscher. His resignation was accepted by the Unit 2 Board of Education during a special meeting on Dec. 28.