Man with contagious diseases accused of kissing teen

Kevin Bernard Sketoe

Kevin Bernard Sketoe

Sunday Times Newspapers

WYANDOTTE — Kevin Bernard Sketoe, 44, of Southgate, who admitted to having multiple contagious diseases, was arraigned Monday for forcibly kissing a 15-year-old Wyandotte girl Sept. 26.

Detective Rick Weise said Sketoe was highly intoxicated during booking, and claimed to have Hepatitis C, tuberculosis, and HIV. Weise said Sketoe refused to take a breathalyzer test.

Sketoe is being held at Wayne County Jail on a $5,000, 10 percent bond. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Oct. 8 in 27th District Court.

According to the police report the teen was by herself about 4:30 p.m. when the man approached her and asked her if she “wanted to party” with him. The girl repeatedly declined, but the man would not accept that answer.

According to the police report, the teenager said Sketoe, continued to ask her to “party,” until she felt intimidated and agreed to walk to a nearby 7-Eleven with him, so he could buy them beer.

She then stated that as they were crossing Biddle, the man grabbed her face and forced his tongue into her mouth. She pushed him away and told him to stop. He grabbed her again and repeated his action.

According to the teen, when they reached the store, the man told her to wait outside, while he purchased the beer. She then called a friend who immediately met up with her, and they walked back to the park, leaving Sketoe in the store.

According to the report, when the man left the store he, too, returned to the park and then tried to convince both of the girls to “party” with him, and told them if they didn’t it would be a “bad mistake.” They repeatedly declined and he left.

The victim’s friend then called her mother, who met them at the park and called police about 4:57 p.m. Officers tried to contact the victim’s mother but were not able to reach her immediately.

Sketoe was found shortly thereafter behind the log cabin in the park. He was having trouble standing and had slurred speech. When officers asked him how much he had had to drink he told them, “a lot.” He was then arrested for the assault on the young woman as well as disorderly person.

During medical questioning at the time of booking, Sketoe admitted to having Hepatitis C, tuberculosis and HIV.

The information was conveyed to the victim and she was taken to Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital for testing.

“Doctor’s said chances are very slim that the girl would have contracted anything from this incident,” Weise said. “However, she goes back for a followup in a few weeks.”

The mother met officers at the hospital and told them she wanted to pursue charges.

(Charity B. Smith can be reached at