Kenosha Unified School District School Board President Yolanda Adams’ (D) son has been in and out of prison for the last 25 years. Shortly before 2010, Miguel Adams moved back in with his mother, Yolanda, along with his estranged daughter, according to appeal documents. Yolanda, however says that her granddaughter was not living with her at the time of the accusation. Yolanda knew about her son’s extensive criminal history including:
1991 – Criminal Trespass to Property
1991 – Felony Narcotic Possession
1993 – Felony Child Abuse-Recklessly Cause Harm
1993 – Battery
1993 – Disorderly Conduct
1993 – Disorderly Conduct
1997 – Robbery With Use of Force
1997 – Aggravated Battery/Intent-Great Bodily Harm
2000 – Possession with Intent Narcotics
2004 – Open Intoxicants In Motor Vehicle
2005 – Indecent Conduct – Urinate in Public
In 2010, while Miguel and Yolanda’s granddaughter were living with her, her granddaughter accused Miguel of sexually assaulting her. He took the case to a jury trial. He was convicted of second degree sexual assault of a child and incest in front of a jury of 12 men and women. He was sentenced to eight years in prison, followed by eight years extended supervision and 10 years of probation. He is now a lifetime sex offender registrant.
KCE reviewed some transcripts of the trial and some appeal documents after receiving a tip on March 30, 2023. The timing was curious, as Yolanda faces re-election on Tuesday, but the allegations were too serious to ignore.
Former Kenosha Assistant District Attorney Anderson accused Yolanda of lying under oath to the court and jury saying in part:
“Is [Yolanda Adams] trustworthy? Did Yolanda Adams tell you the truth or did she lie? . . . Does she have a motive to lie? She appears to be highly motivated. It’s her son… Yolanda is a liar… Did you hear one example of a lie from [the Accuser]? Because I just gave you three from [Yolanda]. Who’s the liar? . . . There’s nothing that [Yolanda] said that’s believable. Not a thing. . . . what have you got? You’ve got a kid that spends the whole time consistent, straight story, never lies. We’ve got liar (pointing [at Yolanda]) and we’ve got liar (pointing [at Andre]).” Transcript Pages (201:118, 120-121, 124-125.)
We emailed Yolanda to get her side of this accusation. She responded, and told KCE in part:
“What I can say about the prosecutor is he was overzealous when trying to paint all witnesses who testified for the defendant as liars in an effort to win the case. His job was to discredit all witnesses and is par for the course. All witnesses for MA were unfairly called liars by the prosecutor; me as well. I was not surprised because this prosecutor had a record of being tough and used similar tactics during numerous trials.”
Yolanda also expressed frustration that the appeal process has taken a very long time and she says that her son still professes his innocence and his attorney is confident her son’s name will be fully cleared at the Wisconsin Supreme Court, where the case is pending.
Yolanda is facing Lamar Madison in her re-election bid this Tuesday.