A former Kansas cop has been indicted for sexually assaulting and violating the civil rights of two women for several years while a police officer.
Retired Kansas City Police Detective Roger Golubski has been charged with using his position of authority to sexually assault two Black women on “multiple occasions” for years.
A federal grand jury indicted Golubski on six counts, saying that he violated the women’s civil rights and sexually assaulted them “while acting under the color of law,” meaning Golubski used his position as a police officer to carry out the crimes, according to a statement from the Department of Justice. The charges against him also include kidnapping.
According to authorities, Golubski sexually assaulted one of the victims multiple times between 1998 and 2001 by digitally penetrating her, forcing her to perform oral sex on him and raping her both inside his vehicle and next to it, authorities said. He’s also accused of sexually assaulting another victim repeatedly between 1999 and 2002 by raping her in her home and forcing her to perform oral sex on him in his vehicle and her home.
The federal charges come after years of accusations that Golubski exploited and terrorized the city’s Black community, sexually assaulted women and fabricated evidence throughout his 35-year career, KCUR reports. He retired from the Kansas City Police force in 2010.
Many of the allegations against him surfaced as part of a civil suit lodged against Golubski and other officers for the wrongful conviction of Lamonte McIntyre, a man who spent 23 years behind bars for a double murder that he did not commit. The lawsuit was settled over the summer for $12.5 million.
McIntyre called the arrest a “vindication” for the decades he spent behind bars for a crime he didn’t commit, according to KCTV. He told the station that he believes Golubski sexually assaulted his mother and then intentionally framed him in 1994 as part of what he believed to be a revenge plot.
Court records obtained by Oxygen.com also refer to allegations that Golubski sexually assaulted McIntyre's mother in the late 1980s.
“I would describe him as a sociopath with a badge that had a right to do it. He violated so many people’s rights for so long. The department knew about it,” McIntyre told the station. “The people who worked around him knew it, knew his name and reputation yet they did nothing. This man harmed people. He raped people, kidnapped people — including my mother — and they did nothing about it for years.”
Emma Freudenberger, one of the Neufeld Scheck & Brustin, LLP attorneys who represented McIntyre in his lawsuit, told Oxygen.com that Golubski had inexplicably been made the lead investigator on the case for which McIntyre was eventually convicted, even though he wasn’t a homicide detective. He then allegedly went on the “fabricate” two witness identifications that ultimately sent McIntyre to prison — without following up on any other credible leads they had or ordering any basic forensic testing.
She called it “blatant investigative misconduct.”
“My firm does tons of civil wrongful conviction cases and you know, there’s really bad misconduct in every single one, but it doesn’t always just jump off the page like this,” she said of the allegations against Golubski.
One of the claims in the civil suit was against the unified government, for the police department’s alleged failure to discipline and supervise Golubski. While working to prove that claim, Freudenberger said they developed evidence of some of the “obvious and brazen” corruption the veteran detective had been involved in over the years, including the sexual assaults of the two women victims in this current case.
The women were not involved in McIntyre’s conviction.
Freudenberger was relieved that Golubski is now facing criminal charges, calling his actions on the job something “like a bad horror movie.”
“If ever there is someone who should be taken off the streets it’s him, but also this kind of thing doesn’t happen in a police department… in secret,” she said.
She’s believes there needs to be an independent investigation by the Kansas City Police Department into Golubski’s actions during his time on the force and what role others may have played in his alleged corruption.
In a statement, the Midwest Innocence Project also called the charges against Golubski “just the beginning.”
“This arrest is just a beginning, and we know that true justice demands more,” they said. “A full investigation into the abuse in Wyandotte County and the systemic reforms are needed to ensure that no other police officers and public officials can continue to abuse their power. We have hope that those steps are coming and hopeful for a future that indicates justice for victims and truth and reconciliation for the Wyandotte County community.”
In a statement provided to Oxygen.com, Kansas City Police Chief Karl Oakman said the indictment against Golubski serves as “an example that no individual is above the law.”
“The department will continue to cooperate and offer any assistance needed by the FBI as this case moves forward,” he continued. “The Kansas City, Kansas Police Department is committed to building community ties through transparency, integrity, engagement and safety.”
When asked about other cases connected to the retired detective, Oakman told Oxygen.com that some of the detective's cases had already been reviewed.
“Some of Golubski’s cases have been reviewed as part of our normal cold case evaluation," he stated. "However, any further information regarding Golubski cases should be directed to the FBI, Kansas City Office."
The news of Golubski’s arrest was met with enthusiasm by those within the community.
“I was just so happy,” Ophelia Williams, one of Golubski's alleged victims, told KCTV. “I don’t know. I just cried. It just blew me away. Finally! Finally! I was relieved.”
Williams has accused Golubski of rape and said she’s one of six women mentioned by their initials in the indictment against him.
Golubski was arrested and taken into custody at his home early Thursday morning.