Bond set for ex-coach
Shane S. McKinley, 27, former girls junior varsity basketball coach, made his initial appearance in Walworth County Court on Thursday on charges of sexual assault of a child by a school staff person and engaging in repeated acts of sexual assault of the same child.
Delavan police arrested McKinley on Wednesday after an investigation that included a search of McKinley's former home at 130 Autumn Drive, Delavan.
The investigation started Dec. 15 when school officials received reports that McKinley had sent "inappropriate" text messages to players, Williams Bay Superintendent Dr. Vance A. Dalzin said Wednesday.
McKinley was fired, and school officials immediately contacted the police.
In court Thursday, District Attorney Phil Koss asked for a $10,000 cash bond.
McKinley does not have family in the area, and his roommate told police he was not welcome back in the home, "given what had happened."
A criminal complaint has not been filed. Authorities have not provided details on McKinley's relationship with the girl.
McKinley's attorney, Jeff Livingston of Beloit, asked if his client or someone representing his client could retrieve McKinley's belongings from the home.
The judge suggested there might be issues with a third party picking up property. No apparent decision was made.
Livingston also noted that his client did not have a criminal history except for an operating while intoxicated arrest in Iowa.
Along with the $10,000 cash bond, the judge said McKinley was to have no contact with minor females and no contact with high school students.
McKinley, who also worked at the Lake Geneva YMCA, was a volunteer high school coach last year and became an official member of the staff this year.
On his Twitter account, McKinley talked about how much he enjoyed coaching. On Oct. 24, McKinley wrote: " … the most excitement I have in my life is coaching. ... just hate when open gyms get canceled."
McKinley will next appear in court Jan. 6.
Last updated: 7:03 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012