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Former coach pleads guilty to assault

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staff, Gazette
March 7, 2013

— Shane McKinley's voice trembled as he answered a judge's questions in Walworth County court Wednesday afternoon. When he turned to leave the defendant's table his hands were shaking and his eyes were red.

In the back row of the court gallery, a 17-year-old girl held her hand over her face as the prosecutor read out intimate details of the lengthy sexual relationship McKinley had with her when she was 15 and he was her basketball coach.

McKinley, 28, pleaded guilty in an emotional hearing Wednesday to one count of repeated sexual assault of a child.

A former Delavan resident who now lives in Georgetown, Texas, McKinley will face as many as 25 years in prison and 15 years of supervised release at a sentencing hearing in May.

As part of the agreement that saw McKinley plead guilty, prosecutors agreed to drop five counts of possessing child pornography, each of which carried up to a 25-year sentence.

McKinley was accused of having a yearlong relationship with the girl, who was one of McKinley's players when he was an assistant basketball coach at Williams Bay High School.

After the relationship started in November of 2010, one of the girl's friends told police she claimed to be dating an older man named "Shawn."

The girl told friends she often "felt pressured into sex" with Shawn, according to an affidavit. Her friend told the girl's parents and the head basketball coach when she found out Shawn was actually McKinley in December 2011.

A few days later, the girl told a forensic interviewer about the relationship, according to court documents.



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