Child Molester Shelton Kingcade –
No “Community Leader!”
On June 23rd, 2016, I was sent a link to a news article, written by Ed Treleven, WSJ, who reported the court case of Shelton Kingcade, a 44
year-old man of African American descent, who was a West High School girls’ basketball coach. Kingcade had been recently convicted by a
jury and sentenced to up to 13 years for the assault of two girls for the following offenses: repeated sexual assault of a child; ongoing
relationship with a young girl from 1997 until 2000, that began when she was only 13 years old; and, second-degree sexual assault for an
earlier sexual assault of another 13-year-old girl that occurred in 1991. For an additional perspective, these girls were essentially 8th graders.
While Kingcade will in all likelihood serve less than 13 years, one of the victims stated that this was a “temporary fix to the permanent damage
because the pain that Shelton Kingcade inflicted on me as a child haunt[s] me.”
Journalist Treleven reported that after reviewing the letter-writing campaign by some community leaders in support of Shelton Kingcade, the
presiding Judge Hanrahan was astounded at the lack of support in contrast to the outpouring of support for Shelton Kingcaid, stating "Where’s
the letter-writing campaign on their support? Where is the outrage in the community? Why are they left alone?”
Well, let me be one of the first to publicly support these young women! I am also writing this in response to the so-called "community leaders"
that wrote letters of support for this now convicted child molester.
Here in Madison, two young women had the courage and tenacity to not only name their assailant but to also bring his shameful and disgusting
behavior before a court room and testify as to the years of abuse they had to endure. One of the victims stated she "felt betrayed, violated and
cheated for the last 18 years and even now today." As a community, we should not only applaud these two young women (notably, one is now a
professor and the other is a financial analyst who did not allow their circumstances and failures of others to dictate such a characterization of
‘victim’,) but thank God we now know him by name and they have taken him off the streets of Madison so that no other young girls fall prey to
I believe what was most upsetting about the article was the many people who the judge says wrote on this man’s behalf and one even called
him a "community leader." Shelton Kingcade is no leader in this community! From all indications, he is a predator who used his positions of
trust to sexually exploit young girls, which by definition is statutory rape. He was employed by the Neighborhood Intervention Program (NIP) for
which he was paid a salary by Dane County, and he worked as a varsity girls basketball coach, whereby he was again paid a salary by West
High School and the Madison Metropolitan School District to work with our young people. It was within both of these well-intended programs
where he met and abused these 13-year-old girls.
What is equally appalling is the fact that these very programs are designed to protect and act as a safe haven for our children! One could
strongly argue that NIP, which promotes itself as designed to provide "programming which seeks to redirect youth by simultaneously holding
youth accountable for their behaviors, building youth competencies, and protecting the community" failed to protect these young girls. So who
protected these young girls from Kingcade? How many times do statistics reveal the link between those who abuse their power in trusted
positions to prey on innocent children? Remember the scandals of the last 15 years or so involving some Catholic priests who preyed on
countless young boys? I see this as another devastating example of predators camouflaging their ill will on our innocentand vulnerable
Shelton Kingcade is a predator and presently a prisoner who will spend years behind bars. While it was reported that Kingcade never admitted
to his wrongdoing — a further insult to these courageous women — I hope each day he will think about the young girls he abused and ask God
and his victims for forgiveness. As for the two young women who have both moved away from Wisconsin and are accomplished
professionals, I appreciate and applaud their continued bravery and gumption to tell their story, serving as admirable heroines for hundreds of
women and girls too ashamed to report. May God bless them both!
Kirbie Mack is currently on the Nehemiah Board of Directors and was formerly both a state of Wisconsin and city of Madison official. Ms. Mack
has also served as president of the Madison Branch of the NAACP.