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Former coach guilty of sex assault

by Rob Ireland

March 14, 2013

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ELKHORN — A former Williams Bay JV basketball coach, who had a sexual relationship with a student-athlete, pleaded guilty Wednesday afternoon to a felony charge of repeated sexual assault of a child.

When Shane S. McKinley, 28, now of Georgetown, Texas, is sentenced May 9, he faces up to 40 years imprisonment and $100,000 in fines. His sentence can include up to 25 years of initial confinement and 15 years of extended supervision.

The accusation that McKinley was having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl first came to light in December 2011. Another student became aware of the relationship and informed her father of it. That girl's father immediately spoke to the victim's dad.

The victim's parents met with school officials, and McKinley was terminated from the school.

During the 2010-11 winter sports season, McKinley was a volunteer coach at the school. During the 2011-12 season, McKinley took over as the unpaid head coach for the junior varsity team.

Shortly after McKinley was fired from the school, the city of Delavan Police Department raided McKinley's apartment and collected electronic devices including his cell phone.

On his cell phone, police located text messages between McKinley and the victim.

By pleading guilty, McKinley will avoid new charges being filed against him, which were referred by the Delavan police.

At a previous court hearing, Deputy District Attorney Joshua Grube said the city of Delavan police recommended 18 additional counts of possession of child pornography and three new counts of sexual assault of a child.

As part of a plea agreement, the state will dismiss five charges of possession of child pornography.

However, those charges will be read into the record during his sentencing hearing.

A presentence investigation (PSI) was ordered in the case. A PSI is a report by the Department of Corrections that examines the crime, the defendant's history and recommends a sentence.

After the hearing, Grube said the charge to which McKinley pleaded guilty will require him to register as a sex offender.

"By far the most serious of the charged offenses was the repeated acts of sexual assault," Grube said.

During the sentencing hearing, both the prosecution and the defense are free to argue what they believe is an appropriate sentence.

Grube wouldn't comment on whether he would ask Judge John Race to send McKinley to prison. At least in recent memory, prosecutors with the Walworth County District Attorney's Office have never commented on the length of sentence they would seek prior to the hearing.

According to court documents, McKinley's relationship with the victim began at the Geneva Lakes Family YMCA.

It continued while McKinley was coaching the child.