Judge releases former Kansas City, Kansas, police detective Roger Golubski to home arrest

Prosecutors had urged the judge to keep Golubski, who was indicted last week on charges of violating two women’s civil rights when he allegedly assaulted them more than two decades ago, in detention until trial.

by Peggy Lowe, Steve Vockrodt, KCUR and Kansas News Service

A federal magistrate judge in Topeka released former Kansas City, Kansas, police detective Roger Golubski to home detention Monday, finding that prosecutors had not met their burden that he represents a danger to the community.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Rachel E. Schwartz made the finding even as she acknowledged that the indictment of Golubski contained “allegations of reprehensible conduct.”

“The underlying facts (of the case) are, quite frankly, shocking,” she said.

Schwartz said Golubski’s poor health conditions — including Type 1 diabetes and renal failure — meant that he could no longer threaten or harass the women he’s accused of assaulting and raping.

Prosecutors had urged Schwartz to keep Golubski, who was indicted last week on charges of violating two women’s civil rights for allegedly assaulting them more than two decades ago, in detention until trial.

A motion filed by prosecutors on Friday asking that Golubski be detained until trial painted a lurid picture of a sexual predator who allegedly assaulted girls as young as 13. The motion described in graphic detail not just the alleged assaults against the two women mentioned in the indictment but alleged assaults against seven other women.

Lamonte McIntyre, who was targeted by Golubski for a crime he did not commit, was sitting in the front row of the courtroom, which was packed with the families of Golubski’s alleged victims. McIntyre jumped up and walked out the minute the judge issued her ruling. Other victims said they were angry and will once again fear the man who they say terrorized them for years.

“I won’t be able to sleep and I have PTSD. I had a good night’s sleep when they arrested him. I’m about to go on the run again,” said Niko Quinn, whom Golubski allegedly forced to give false testimony in the McIntyre case.

A civil lawsuit filed in 2018 by McIntyre and his mother accused Golubski of preying on Black women by forcing himself upon them or by compromising them into providing false testimony to help him solve crimes he investigated.

McIntyre served 23 years in prison for a 1994 double homicide that was investigated by Golubski and other Kansas City, Kansas, police officers. Following an exoneration hearing in 2017, Wyandotte County District Attorney Mark Dupree Sr. declared that a “manifest injustice” had occurred and McIntyre was set free.

Outside the courtroom, McIntyre told a reporter, “They had favor on him. They showed mercy to this man. Well he didn’t show no mercy to all them victims. You know how many victims this man responsible for.”

“You’re looking at the justice system again at work. It don’t work the same way for everybody. It’s still unbalanced,” he said. “It’s not equal.”

Golubski’s attorney, Thomas Lemon, said the allegations in the indictment were old and the government had not shown any physical evidence of the alleged crimes. He also suggested some of the victims might be just “me toos,” meaning they were following others’ stories.

“When there’s no proof but words, that makes the job I have to do more intensive,” Lemon told Schwartz.

Golubski appeared in an orange jumpsuit. Federal marshals needed two sets of handcuffs to secure his hands behind his back. He was wearing orange plastic sandals and his ankles were also bound.

Golubski had been locked up since last Thursday, when he was arrested at his Edwardsville home. He appeared in court that day, cuffed at the wrist and ankles and still wearing the T-shirt and athletic shorts he was wearing when the FBI picked him up.

His arrest followed years of accusations that he engaged in widespread misconduct while serving with the KCKPD. Golubski joined the force in 1975 and retired in 2010.

Meanwhile, federal prosecutors said that their investigation of Golubski continues and they interviewed another victim Monday morning.

“There is a tremendous amount to add” to the indictment, Stephen Hunting, a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Kansas, told the court.

Noting that Schwartz had mentioned Golubski’s long career in law enforcement, Hunting said he may have been in an honorable profession but “much of those 40 years were not spent in an honorable way. Mr. Golubski has terrorized a community for a long, long time.”

Carlos Moreno contributed to this story.
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Three defendants sentenced in $2.1 million meth conspiracy

Two Mexican nationals and a St. Joseph man were sentenced in federal court today for their roles in a $2.1 million conspiracy that distributed more than 100 kilograms of methamphetamine in the Kansas City metropolitan area and in northwest Missouri.

Juan Guzman, also known as Daniel Solorio and as “Flaco,” 41, of Kansas City, Missouri, and Maria De La Cruz Nava, 26, of Kansas City, Kansas, both citizens of Mexico, and John Paul Gnat, 32, of St. Joseph, Missouri, were sentenced in separate appearances before U.S. District Judge Brian C. Wimes.

Guzman was sentenced to 26 years and eight months in federal prison without parole. Nava was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison without parole. Gnat was sentenced to 11 years in federal prison without parole.

Guzman and Nava were found guilty at trial on Nov. 9, 2021, of participating in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and in a money-laundering conspiracy over a nearly four-year period from Jan. 1, 2015, to Nov. 14, 2018.

In addition to the conspiracies, Guzman and Nava were found guilty of possessing firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking. Guzman was also found guilty of illegally reentering the United States after having been deported.

Guzman was the supplier for the drug-trafficking conspiracy, selling multiple kilograms of methamphetamine on a regular basis, sometimes daily, to multiple co-conspirators who then distributed methamphetamine to others. Guzman also involved others in storing methamphetamine. The jury found Nava assisted Guzman in his drug trafficking and money laundering activities.

The court found Guzman directly responsible for the distribution of at least 45 kilograms of methamphetamine. Based on a street price of $600 per ounce, the court ordered Guzman to forfeit to the government $954,000, which represents the proceeds of illegal drug trafficking. The court also ordered Nava to forfeit to the government $15,000.

Guzman, Nava, and several others were arrested at Guzman’s residence on Oct. 18, 2018. At the time of their arrest, officers seized two rifles, five handguns (one with an extended drum magazine), ammunition, 688 grams of methamphetamine, cash, and drug paraphernalia – including drug ledgers and drug packaging – from Guzman’s residence.

Gnat pleaded guilty on June 17, 2020, to his role in the drug-trafficking and money-laundering conspiracies. Gnat admitted that he supplied methamphetamine to several individuals on a daily basis, sometimes pound quantities twice a day, for several months.

Co-defendant Luis Carlos Ramos Caraveo, 27, a citizen of Mexico residing in Kansas City, Missouri, was sentenced on July 1, 2022, to 16 years and eight months in federal prison without parole.

Co-defendant Jacob Dale Walsh, 36, of Denton, Kansas, was sentenced on Sept. 1, 2022, to 13 years and seven months in federal prison without parole.

Co-defendants Chanthacone Senthavy, 48, a citizen of Laos residing in Independence, Missouri, and Christopher Shawn Sharp, 44, of St. Joseph, Missouri, each have pleaded guilty and await sentencing.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Bruce Rhoades and Robert M. Smith. It was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Buchanan County, Missouri., Sheriff’s Department, the Buchanan County Drug Strike Force, Midwest HIDTA, the Independence, Missouri., Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations, the Jackson County Drug Task Force, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the FBI.

KCK police officer charged with felony

Wyandotte County District Attorney Mark Dupree said today that felony charges have been filed against a Kansas City, Kansas, police officer.

Officer Deotis Brown was charged in a domestic violence case involving physical violence with an adult romantic partner, according to Dupree. Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and aggravated witness intimidation were the charges filed.

Charges first were filed in Jackson County, Missouri, on Saturday, he said. These include three counts involving a domestic incident.

Then after the witness came forward about another incident in February in Wyandotte County, charges were filed Thursday in Wyandotte County, according to Dupree.

The officer has been placed on suspension without pay, according to Chief Karl Oakman. He will be suspended without pay pending the outcome of the trial or the process. If he is convicted, he will be terminated, Chief Oakman said.

Dupree said domestic violence is a real concern. Sometimes victims are afraid to come forward. He encouraged victims to come forward and get help before it’s too late.

Chief Oakman said as with any crime, no one is above the law and everyone will be held accountable. Also, officers could be victims of crime and there is an opportunity for them to come forward as well, he said. He said the police department is reaching out to do what it can to help alleviate this type of violence in the community.

Thirty-four percent of the homicides in Wyandotte County this year were domestic-related, Chief Oakman said.

Brown has been employed with the Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department since 2017. Bond was set at $40,000 in the Wyandotte County case, Dupree said.