A federal judge ruled Monday that a former Kansas police detective accused of preying on black women and girls for decades will be released pending trial on charges against two accusers they say he repeatedly sexually abused.
U.S. District Judge Rachel Schwartz admittedRepresenting “reprehensible conduct”, the underlying facts were “shocking”, but he said he did not take the risk he had when the alleged crime occurred. Prosecutors also argued that he may have attempted to escape, but Schwartz said his serious medical problems tied him to the community.
Golubski, 69, was arrested Thursday and charged with six counts of civil rights violations, alleging that he, as a Kansas City, Kansas, police officer, raped a black woman and a teenager more than two decades ago. sexual abuse. Five charges allege Golubski kidnapped or attempted to kidnap a victim.
Schwartz ordered Golubski to stay home, be monitored around the clock, and not have contact with possible victims or potential witnesses, except for religious services and medical care.
Prosecutors filed a motion Friday that included vivid details of his encounters with the two plaintiffs and added complaints from seven other women who said Golubski harassed and abused them.
Golubski was not charged in the seven cases, but prosecutors argued they provided more evidence that he was dangerous and displayed “nothing but complete contempt for the law.”
Several women who claimed they or their relatives were Golubski’s victims attended Monday’s hearing.
Golubski, who retired in 2010, has pleaded not guilty. He faces a possible life sentence on each of the six counts.
Former U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said the case is being heard in federal rather than state court because federal law has no statute of limitations for civil rights violations.
At the time of the alleged offense, Kansas has a five-year statute of limitations for rape and aggravated sodomy. Kansas no longer has a statute of limitations for rape, McAllister said, but it doesn’t apply retroactively.
Golubski’s attorney, Tom Lemon, said Golubski needed to be treated for diabetes and recovering from five-fold heart bypass surgery. He also said it would be difficult to provide an adequate defense if Golubski was still jailed. Lemon said the case required “intensive” work because prosecutors appeared to have no physical evidence, only victim statements.
“Now he’s sick and weak and now claims he’s dangerous,” Lemon said. “I don’t see him in any danger to anyone.”
Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Hunting believes Golubsky’s medical problems can be resolved.
“Mr. Golubsky has been terrorizing a community for a long time,” Hunting said.
Prosecutors said the motion filed Friday said Golubski showed his gun when he asked for sex and told victims that if they told anyone what he did, he would let them or their relatives imprisoned or killed.
The charges allege Golubski sexually assaulted a girl more than 10 times over about three years. He repeatedly told the girl, who was 13 when the alleged abuse began, that he would kill her or her grandmother. According to the motion, he told her he would throw her into the river and sing a childhood song that read “They won’t find her until she stinks”.
According to the motion, Ophelia Williams, another victim of the charged case, was raped and sexually assaulted multiple times over two or three years. Prosecutors said he initially abused Williams shortly after her two sons were arrested.
The AP doesn’t usually name victims of alleged sexual assaults, but Williams told her story publicly.
Seven other victims were abused or threatened by Golubski between the 1980s and 2004, prosecutors said.
One woman said she called the Kansas City, Kansas Police Interior Department to report her encounter with Golubsky, but was told “there was nothing they could do because it was (she) objected to the defendant’s words,” prosecutors wrote.
The police department said Monday that Sheriff Karl Oakman would not comment on the motion. Mayor Tyrone Garner said he is committed to pushing for better police-community relations to restore trust.
Another victim said Golubski sexually assaulted and raped her on a regular basis between the mid-1990s and 2004, while threatening to take her children, prosecutors said. The woman was in the hospital in 2016 when Golubski showed up and said, “Long time no see,” the indictment alleges, prompting her to switch hospitals.
Civil rights groups have sought to investigate Golubski for years. The charges drew attention after Lamonte McIntyre sued Golubski and other officials in Kansas City, Kan., who was serving a 23-year prison sentence for two murders. McIntyre and his mother, Rose McIntyre, claim Golubski framed Lamont in 1994 because she refused a detective’s sexual advances.
The local government agreed in June to settle the lawsuit for $12.5 million.