A Bradford High School basketball coach named Mentenia “Monte” Nelson, Sr has been placed on administrative leave, according to the Kenosha Unified School District. The news came five days after KCE asked the district why it didn’t seem to have taken any action about allegations of improper conduct by the 44-year-old man.
We were tipped off about some videos that Nelson allegedly posted to his snapchat social media account. These videos were captured by a Bradford Dad who then put the videos up on Twitter. KCE is in possession of all of the videos and has reviewed them. Below is a portion of the videos. We redacted the visual part of the video due to privacy reasons.
The videos allegedly taken by Nelson, who is a full-time security guard for Bradford, appear to show high school girls at this year’s homecoming, dancing and laughing. The videos are several minutes long and a man purported to be Nelson can be heard yelling “Yall turn around, turn around for the camera, turn around for the camera” as he is taking a video of a group of young girls at the dance. In one of the other videos, Nelson zooms in on one young girl in particular and he says “That’s a grown woman yall!”
KCE did a background check on Mr. Nelson and to our surprise, we learned he had a lengthy criminal history. He arrested for selling over 15 grams of cocaine and later convicted of a felony before being hired by KUSD. The Kenosha gang unit served a warrant on his home. Nelson was seen trying to flush cocaine down the toilet, but was unsuccessful. Police found 31 grams of cocaine base along with plastic baggies and a digital scale. In Nelson’s home where two .380 caliber handguns along with ammunition, magazines, and $800 in currency. Police and prosecutors said that there was gang-related items in the home. Nelson got a year in jail followed by five years of probation.
A couple of years later, Nelson was involved in a fight at Marina Garden restaurant and when police caught up with him, he lied to them about his identity. He was charged and convicted of obstructing an officer/habitual criminality.
The Bradford father we spoke with told KCE that his daughter complained last school year about Nelson’s conduct in a letter sent to the School Athletic Director, John Ruffolo. He says that the school “did nothing about it.” He did tell KCE that he was unaware if the KUSD administration was made aware of the behavior. The Dad did complain about the homecoming videos as well. He was upset that nothing happened. We asked the Bradford Dad what Nelson meant by saying that’s a grown woman? “That means he doesn’t know the difference between a woman and a child,” he told KCE.
According to Nelson’s personnel file, he hasn’t been disciplined since he was hired in 2016.