Source: Lake Geneva Regional News

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Former coach scheduled to change plea

January 24, 2013

ELKHORN — After more than a year, the sexual assault case against a former Williams Bay JV basketball coach may come to an end.

Shane McKinley, 28, now of Georgetown, Texas, is accused of having a sexual relationship with a student-athlete who he was coaching.

In January 2012, McKinley was charged with five felony counts — one count of repeated sexual assault of a child and five counts of possession of child pornography.

On Wednesday McKinley's attorney, Jeffrey Livingston, asked the court for a hearing date for McKinley to change his plea. McKinley pleaded not guilty to all the charges on Feb. 28, 2012.

McKinley's next hearing date is Feb. 28. During Wednesday's brief court hearing, Livingston said he and Deputy District Attorney Joshua Grube are still working out the details of an agreement.

Scheduling of a change-of-plea hearing is not a guarantee that a defendant's plea will actually change. At the hearing the defendant can change his or her mind, which would mean a jury would have to resolve the case.

With the current charges, McKinley faces up to 165 years imprisonment. McKinley is free from custody and living with his parents in Texas.

The case began in December 2011.

McKinley was accused of having sexual relations with a player on the team he coached.

The girl was 15 at the time.

Images of the girl were allegedly found on McKinley's cell phone.

The Williams Bay High School principal dismissed McKinley from his coaching position in December 2011 when inappropriate texts between himself and the victim came to light.

Police searched McKinley's apartment and confiscated several pieces of electronic equipment.