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Former Williams Bay girls coach arrested

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Catherine W. Idzerda
December 22, 2011
— A former junior varsity girls basketball coach was jailed Wednesday after a police investigation that started last week, authorities said.

Shane S. McKinley, 27, was booked into Walworth County Jail on Wednesday evening pending a 1 p.m. jail court appearance today, jail officials said.


Jail officials said they could not release the charges until after McKinley’s court appearance.


McKinley was the junior varsity coach for the Williams Bay girls basketball team until Dec. 15, when school officials received reports that McKinley was sending “inappropriate” text messages to players, said Dr. Vance A. Dalzin, Williams Bay district administrator.


“We do not want our staff members texting students late in the evening numerous times or texting them messages of a personal nature,” Dalzin said. “That right there was enough for us to terminate him.”


Immediately after learning about the allegations, high school Principal Barry Butters called the Williams Bay Police Department, Dalzin said.


“We had a feeling that there might be something more there, so we called the police right away,” Dalzin said.


McKinley was a volunteer coach last year and became an official member of the staff this year.


The junior varsity coach position is a paid, part-time job, but is not a position that is covered by a contract, Dalzin said.


The Williams Bay School Board made McKinley’s firing official on Tuesday night, Dalzin said.


Officials said McKinley was arrested by Delavan police, but details of the arrest were not available Wednesday.



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