Several girls’ basketball players have accused La Puente High School coach Erick Williams of sexual harassment.
La Puente High School Football and Basketball Coach Fired After Players Report Sexual Harassment
Last Updated: 7/13/2020
The head coach of the football and varsity girls basketball teams at La Puente High School has been fired after at least 10 girls basketball players reported alleged sexual harassment as stated on www.sgvtribune.com. Erick Williams was terminated from his position in October of 2019.
During a school board meeting, 10 girls and their parents spoke regarding alleged sexual harassment by the coach. According to school board members and district officials, this was the first time they had been notified of the allegations.
The girls said that Williams frequently whispered in their ears vulgar comments about their bodies. One of the girls accused Williams of touching her breasts.
On October 29, the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services filed a report accusing Williams of abuse with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The authorities say that there is more than one victim.
According to the students, they first reported Williams’ alleged sexual misconduct on October 14 and felt like the school’s response was inadequate. Parents have criticized the school for failing to notify parents of the allegations until after the school board meeting on October 24.