Diseased man who kissed minor takes plea deal

Sunday Times Newspapers

WYANDOTTE —A man, who forcibly kissed a minor and later admitted to having several communicable diseases, accepted a plea agreement Oct. 8 in 27th District Court.

Kevin Sketoe, 44 of Southgate, in accordance with the agreement pleaded no contest to one charge of assault and battery and was sentenced to 60 days in Wayne County Jail and $825 in fines and court costs by Judge Randy L. Kalmbach.

He will receive credit for 13 days he has already served in jail. The sentence will be served concurrently with a sentence for a probation violation.
A no contest plea does not necessarily admit guilt, but says that the defendant is not disagreeing with the charge against him. To plead no contest is a way of admitting guilt, subtly, and is generally accepted as part of a plea agreement.

Sketoe was originally charged with two counts of assault and battery, but one of the counts was dropped as part of the agreement.

Police said Sketoe was highly intoxicated when he tried to pick up a 15-year-old-girl at Bishop Park about 4:30 p.m. Sept. 26. He repeatedly asked her “party” and she told him no each time.

The girl told police that she felt so intimidated that eventually Sketoe was able to coerce her into walking with him to get beer from a nearby 7-Eleven. She said that as they crossed Biddle, he grabbed her face and forcibly kissed her. When she pulled away he did it again.

When they arrived at the store Sketoe went inside and the teen called a friend, who met her at the store. The two teenagers returned to the park, and Sketoe eventually found them and tried to get both girls to “party,” with him.

When they refused, he walked away and said they were “making a bad mistake.” The friend called her mother, who met them at the park and contacted police.

Police apprehended Sketoe behind the log cabin in the park and arrested him. During booking Sketoe admitted to having HIV, tuberculosis, and hepatitis C.

The teenager was tested at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital, but does not appear to have been infected, police said.

(Charity B. Smith can be reached at charitybsmith@yahoo.com.)