Source: Lake Geneva Regional News

Bond set for coach accused of child sexual assault

by Chris Schultz

December 22, 2011

DELAVAN — A former girls basketball coach at Williams Bay High School, Shane S. McKinley, 27, is being held in the Walworth County Jail on $10,000 cash bond after being arrested by Delavan police for sexual assault of a child and engaging in repeated acts of sexual assault of the same child.

Bond was set by Walworth County Circuit Judge John Race during a bond hearing a 1 p.m. hearing Thursday. McKinley appeared via closed circuit television.

McKinley, formerly of Delavan, was arrested Dec. 21 after Williams Bay High School Principal Barry Butters called police and the Walworth County Department of Health and Human Services following an investigation into McKinley texting one of the players on the junior varsity girls team.

McKinley, who had been hired in November to coach the girls junior varsity team, was fired immediately after the school investigated the texts on Dec. 15, Williams Bay School Superintendent Vance Dalzin said. McKinley worked as a volunteer coach with the junior varsity girls team last year, Dalzin said. He said there were no complaints about McKinley prior to his hiring this school year.

The School Board confirmed the firing at a Dec. 20 closed meeting.

At the hearing Thursday, Walworth County District Attorney Phil Koss said McKinley is also employed by the Lake Geneva YMCA. Police investigations are continuing in Williams Bay, Delavan and Lake Geneva, Koss said.

Koss said the victim, a 16-year-old girl, told authorities she and McKinley had sexual contact about 20 times over the past year.

Race asked if McKinley had any priors.

McKinley's attorney, Jeff Livingston of Burlington, said McKinley had no known priors, except for an out-of-state drunken driving conviction.

Although McKinley was living at a Delavan address, according to Koss, McKinley's roommate does not want him to return. Koss did not say if the roommate was male or female.

In addition to the cash bond, Race also set conditions that McKinley have no contact with women younger than 18 and no contact with any Williams Bay High School students.

McKinley is scheduled to reappear Jan. 6, when the district attorney’s office will have a written complaint prepared.