Ex-Ike basketball coach arraigned

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published January 8, 2020

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An ex-coach who used to work at Eisenhower High School was arraigned Jan. 8 on allegations that he sent sexually explicit texts to a 14-year-old student. 

David Willman, 48, was reportedly charged with one four-year felony count of accosting a child for immoral purposes, as well as one seven-year felony count of using a computer to commit a crime. 

According to the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office, Magistrate Jennifer Andary set bond at $150,000 cash surety, no 10%, at Willman’s arraignment in 42nd District Court. If bond is posted, Willman must wear a tether.

In a statement, Macomb County Prosecuting Attorney Eric Smith said he is taking the case “extremely seriously” as a father of two female student athletes.

“Our office is beginning to see too many of these cases where a teacher or coach, in a position of authority, violates the trust of a vulnerable young person and attempts to groom them,” Smith said.  “This defendant not only violated the trust of his player, but that of the entire school and our community.”

Before Utica Community Schools fired Willman in December following the allegations, he was Eisenhower High School’s freshman girls basketball coach. His team had students from Malow and Shelby junior high schools. 

Last month, the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office said the county received a Dec. 2 complaint about sexually explicit text messages being sent to the complainant’s daughter. 

According to new details from the Prosecutor’s Office, Willman corresponded with a 14-year-old female student via texts and “different methods of communication.” In doing so, he sought nude photos of her, expressed his desire to send nudes of himself, and asked for her breast size, the office said. 

He also allegedly offered help, said he trusted her, and “told the student numerous times to trust him,” according to the prosecutor’s statement. 

The Prosecutor’s Office added that Willman later asked the student to delete the texts, fearing trouble. He also allegedly said he was trying to, according to prosecutors, build her confidence. 

Willman’s listed attorney, Joel Bernier, could not be reached for comment at press time. The county expects Willman’s next court date to be 9 a.m. Jan. 14. 

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