For two decades at the Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department, Detective Roger Golubski was always on the lookout for his next victim, someone pretty, poor and Black, someone no one would believe over the word of a white man with a badge, prosecutors say.
Golubski found one of them as she was walking home from the grocery store, another while sifting through booking photos. Others he came across while serving search warrants or arresting their husbands or sons, according to detailed accounts in court records.
Then, Golubski would isolate them and rape them, sometimes at gunpoint, sometimes after punching or choking them, always leaving them with the warning: “Keep your mouth shut or else,” the women say.
Now, for the first time – almost 40 years after prosecutors say his reign of terror began Golubski faces a criminal trial and life behind bars. His arrest last week brought some relief to the women he’s accused of terrorizing but also served as a reminder of just how long it took for anyone to believe their stories.
“I was glad but wasn’t that happy,” said Ophelia Williams, 60, whom Golubski is accused of raping several times between 1999 and 2002.
“My gut tells it all,” said Williams, who was 37 when the assaults began. “I can’t even eat. I can’t sleep. He messed me up all inside. Every time I see a cop, I get scared.”
Golubski’s attorney, Tom Lemon, did not return repeated requests for comment. Golubski, 69, has pleaded not guilty to six federal civil rights charges of sexually assaulting two victims while acting under color of law.
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SOURCE: USA Today, Amanda Lee Myers