Federal court denies pre-trial detention motion, determines Roger Golubski can go home

Published: Sep. 19, 2022 at 8:19 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 19, 2022 at 4:32 PM CDT
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KANSAS CITY, Kan. (KCTV) - Former police detective Roger Golubski does not have to spend time in detention before his trial, a federal judge ruled Monday afternoon.

Golubski was charged with six counts of deprivation of civil rights, accused of sexually assaulting two victims while acting under color of law.

The judge cited his medical conditions and that he has not exhibited bad behavior in six years as reasons for him to not have pre-trial detention.

Golubski requires frequent dialysis. He also has cardio rehab twice a week.

Federal prosecutors filed a motion Friday describing the graphic details of the allegations against the former detective, saying he is “more dangerous—not less—today.” They stated their investigation has brought to light Golubski’s tendencies to keep “tabs” on and threaten his victims. They also pointed out he faces a potential life sentence.

Golubski’s next court appearance is a pre-trial and criminal case management set for Oct. 12 at 9 a.m.

Ophelia Williams is one accuser. She said she’s disgusted, not surprised, at the judge’s decision.

She struggled to put her feelings into words.

“Very disappointing. Very,” Williams said.

The social justice group More2 released the following statement:

Tom Lemon, Golubski’s defense attorney, argued that the former detective would not receive adequate medical care while in custody. Lemon characterized it as, “not a health issue, but a survival issue.”

He also argued that Golubski would not pose a threat to others in his current state.

Judge Rachel Schwartz, while acknowledging that the accusations against Golubski were grievous, said prosecutors had not shown that Golubski was currently a threat to potential victims or witnesses. She said his health strongly reduced the risk.

Several of Golubski’s accusers, joined by more than a dozen family members, advocates and other supporters, were dismayed by the decision.

Lamonte McIntyre, who has accused Golubski of framing him for a murder, abruptly left the courtroom as the judge was outlining the reasons for her ruling.

McIntyre served 23 years in jail before his conviction was overturned.

Outside, he told reporters he was frustrated.

“He’s the reason society is messed up, the reason society has problems,” McIntyre said. “That affected my whole life because of his decision making. But, he got to go free today. He’s been free this whole time. He hasn’t had to take responsibility for anything he did.”

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