Ex-coach expected to plead not guilty to sex assault

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Thursday, February 2, 2012
— A former Williams Bay High School girls junior varsity basketball coach is expected to plead not guilty Feb. 10 to a charge that he repeatedly sexually assaulted a 15-year-old member of his team.

Shane S. McKinley, 27, W4497 S. Lake Shore Drive, Lake Geneva, waived his right to a preliminary hearing during a court appearance Wednesday. He appeared with his attorney, James Koepke of Beloit.

"We deny the allegations, and that's the only comment we have at this time," Koepke said following Wednesday's appearance.

McKinley is charged with one count of repeatedly sexually assaulting a minor.

The criminal complaint states that between Dec. 1, 2010, and Sept. 25, 2011, McKinley repeatedly sexually assaulted a 15-year-old member of his girls basketball team.

He is also charged with five counts of possession of child pornography in the form of photographs of a child engaging in sexually explicit conduct. The maximum sentence for all six charges is 165 years in prison and a $600,000 fine.

The complaint indicates the alleged victim told police she had sexual intercourse "at least 20 times" at McKinley's residence in Delavan and exchanged naked pictures of each other with McKinley over their cell phones.

McKinley was fired, and school officials immediately contacted police after school officials received reports that McKinley had sent "inappropriate" text messages to players, Williams Bay Superintendent Dr. Vance A. Dalzin has said.

McKinley was released Jan. 6 from Walworth County Jail after posting a $10,000 cash bond, according to jail records.

Last updated: 7:48 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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