Two Black women who reportedly were victimized by an abusive and corrupt retired Kansas City detective are prohibited from taking civil action because of state law.
According to reports, Roger Golubski, a white man, had a penchant for Black women, and he would use his power as a police officer to sexually exploit them. In one instance, he framed a woman’s son for murder when she rejected his demands for sex.
Ophelia Williams told The Kansas City Star, Golbuski forced himself on her after officers arrested her twin 14-year-old boys in 1999.
A lawyer during a disposition proceeding asked Williams if she ever called the police.
“No,” she responded. “He was the police.”
Golubski worked for the Kansas City Police Department for 35 years. During that time it reportedly was well-known in the department that he would have sex with Black female prostitutes and informants and fathered a number of illegitimate children, according to court documents. In the 1980s, he forced Rose McIntyre to perform oral sex to save her boyfriend from a false arrest. He then arrested her son Lamonte for double murder after she blocked a second sexual encounter. Rose’s son was exonerated after spending 23 years in prison.
The McIntyres’ case exposed Golubski, who retired in 2010 as a captain. Attorneys for the McIntyre family claim in the lawsuit the detective preyed on about 70 women. He is reportedly facing a grand jury and state investigation. Williams said she hopes he is indicted and sent to prison.
Lamonte and Rose McIntyre received $12.5 million in settlement from the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas at the end of June. It was a far cry from the nearly $100 million they sought. But state law, blocks Williams, whose sons were also arrested for a double murder, from suing.
The detective told Williams that he was close with the district attorney and could help her get her sons out of jail, she said. Several days earlier, Golubski was with officers when they executed a warrant at her home. He told her she had nice legs and her 12-year-old would will be just as pretty when she grows up.
As he sat with her and talked about aiding her son, he reportedly drew closer to the woman and put his hand on her leg. She stood up and smacked it away even after seeing his department-issued gun. Golubski pushed Williams on a couch and sexually assaulted her, she said. The sexual abuse continued for about more than a year, according to a 2020 deposition.
Williams said she never reported the assaults because she feared retaliation. She had up to two years to file a sexual assault claim under Kansas law. Williams has since hired attorney William Skepnek, who said there should not be a statute of limitations for breaches of “public trust like this.”
In another deposition, Tina Peterson said she helped “numerous” Golubski alleged victims while working at shelter for battered women in the 1980s. He would “dump” some “still undressed, when he was done with them,” she added.
Another woman only identified in court documents as S.K. said Golubski started abusing her in 1997 when she was 13. It continued for four years.
Kansas is one of four states, including Arkansas, South Dakota and Washington, where child victims can sue up until they turn 21 years old. Iowa is the only state with a lower age limit at 19. Numerous legislative attempts to raise or remove Kansas’ time limit on sexual assault lawsuits have failed.
Lora McDonald, executive director of the Metro Organization for Racial and Economic Equity, said the restrictions are “bogus” and said they should never exist for rape survivors.
“(Golubski) is still living and … has a couple of pensions off of the tax dollars that these women earned and paid into, and they know that,” McDonald said. “They’re paying for his very survival and how he lives in retirement, and they’ve gotten zero justice whatsoever.”
K.C. said the former lawman called her and said she was a witness to a crime, and she needed to meet with him to absolve herself from wrongdoing. Golubski reportedly molested and raped the girl. He allegedly threatened to kill her and harm her family if she reported it.
“He told me just keep my mouth shut and that if I wanted to see my sweet little grandma again, he advised me not to talk to anyone or speak to anybody, and basically act as if he didn’t exist,” she said. “Or I would be kissing my grandma goodbye or my brother would be doing life in jail.”
In another instance, Golubski put a dog leash around K.C.’s neck and walked next to her as she crawled.
“Down by the river, said a hanky panky, where they won’t find you until you stankin,” she said Golubski would sing.
“I can dump you off in that river and nobody will ever know s—,” K.C. said he told her. “You’re an orphan. Nobody even knows you missing.”
Siobaughn Nichols wrote in a 2014 affidavit that Golubski “especially liked young women — very young, sometimes.” Two were as young as 12 and 16, whom he reportedly paid for sex. One was her cousin, she wrote.
“People seemed to believe that Detective Golubski ran Wyandotte County because he could seemingly get away with anything,” she wrote.