Lawyer: Child sex defendant, 94, near death

Detroit News staff and wire reports

Traverse City – — A lawyer for a man charged with sexually assaulting campers in Wyoming decades ago says the 94-year-old is near death in northern Michigan and may not make it to the weekend.

Quoting doctors, Anders Gillis said Bill Bricker might live as long as two weeks but could die within 48 hours. Bricker is supposed to be examined Tuesday by a mental health professional in the Traverse City area to determine whether he understands that Wyoming wants to extradite him.

Bricker is in hospice care and Gillis predicted "this case is going to be moot" soon.

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead formally asked Michigan authorities to send Bricker to his state for trial, and Gov. Rick Snyder issued a warrant Dec. 16.

Bricker is accused of molesting children at the Teton Valley Ranch Camp in the 1960s and 1980s. Bricker was a volunteer at the camp in Teton County, Wyoming. He quit volunteering there in 2002.

He was arrested in September and still can be brought to trial in Teton County because Wyoming doesn't have a statute of limitations for charges of immoral acts with a child.

Bricker also was a teacher and Boy Scout leader in Winnetka, Illinois.

Authorities in Wyoming and Illinois learned about the allegations as early as 1968, yet no police investigations were conducted, according to police and school records.

The Associated Press and Detroit News Staff Writer Francis X. Donnelly contributed.