Pastor Monroe Mitchell III of Agape Love Church was charged last week with Repeated Sexual Assault of a Child and two counts of Attempted 4th Degree Sexual Assault for alleged conduct with his granddaughter. He appeared in court today, September 23, 2022, for his preliminary hearing. This is a hearing to determine if probable cause exists that a felony occurred. Both the prosecution and the defense are allowed to call witnesses. Mitchell waived his right to have this hearing today.
Mitchell hired local activist-attorney Aileen Henry, who predominately displayed progressive signage during the time that court was done over Zoom, to represent him. Aileen is known as a kind, hard-working attorney, but by many accounts in the legal circle, she doesn’t go to trial often. This could be a hint of what’s to come.
Kenosha’s DA, Mike Graveley, is a big supporter of Pastor Mitchell and his family. So supportive, in fact, that he asked Governor Tony Evers to pardon Mitchell’s felonies. Mitchell has a serious criminal history including the following charges and/or convictions:
1985 Obstruct Officer
1985 Disorderly Conduct
1991 Felony Possession of Controlled Substances
1991 Probation Violation
1991 Probation Violation
1994 Felony Manufacture/ Delivery Crack Cocaine (4 Years Prison)
1997 Domestic Abuse / Domestic Battery
2004 Domestic Abuse / Disorderly Conduct
2022 Repeated Sexual Assault of a Child and Two Counts of Attempted Second Degree (Pending)
Three days after Mitchell was charged, we asked DA Graveley if his office would be handling the prosecution. Graveley told us, “We have not made a final decision on keeping it.” In court today, the Kenosha DA’s Office was present and participated in the proceeding. We followed up with the DA and he told us today, “Yes. We are handling it. I’m confident in our ability to handle the case appropriately.” Those of you who read KCE often, know that Graveley frequently asserts a “conflict of interest” for cases that he doesn’t want to handle, usually due to political reasons. For example, here are some cases he recused himself on due to conflicts recently:
-Extremist group blocking Public Safety building – Joe Cardinali, Justin Blake, and Jonathan Barker
-Disorderly Conduct and Resisting Arrest of Joel Trudell
-Former County Board Chairman Daniel Esposito Felony Shoplifting
-Former Somers Municipal Court Clerk Francine (Fran) Dibble Allegations of Felony Forgery
-Jacob Blake’s sexual assault of his ex-girlfriend
-Kenosha Firefighter Kerry Poltrock Multiple Sexual Assault of His Children
-Kenosha Firefighter Kerry Poltrock Multiple Domestic Violence Charges Against His Wife
-Kenosha Police Officer arrested for felony child abuse.
-Pleasant Prairie Corruption Scandal
-Kenosha Police Officer Kendall West’s Multiple Day Felonious Crime Spree
– Sheriff David Beth Misappropriation Investigation
Of all the times that Graveley recused himself unnecessarily, this case is one that would have been appropriate. Most of the above cases were sent to Racine or Walworth Counties. Graveley’s personal relationship with Mr. Mitchell and his son Sharmain Harris, another violent, convicted felon, gives the public the perception that he might go easy on Pastor Mitchell. The Kenosha DA’s office rarely pleads down felony sexual assault cases to misdemeanors, but in this case it’s possible, and maybe likely.
DA Graveley is a big supporter of Monroe Mitchell’s son Sharmain. Both of these men have a very similar and extensive criminal history of domestic violence and selling drugs. Graveley nonetheless wants both men to have their felonies pardoned.
Monroe released the following statement on his Facebook page yesterday:
According to the statement, Kenosha DCFS allowed the three minors to live with Pastor Mitchell. We asked DCFS Director Ron Rogers and his boss John Jansen why his office didn’t notify the police last year when the victim notified them of the repeated sexual assaults. He didn’t comment. We asked him why he let three children live with a violent felon. We didn’t hear back. We notified County Executive Samantha Kerkman and the County Board of these egregious mistakes and suggested they investigate them. We didn’t hear back from anyone.
Pastor Mitchell is due back in court on December 9, 2022, for a judicial pretrial conference. KCE will be keeping a dedicated “eye” on this case to see if Graveley gives his buddy a break.