High School Athletes Accused of Sex with Girls Appear in Court

MURRIETA – Two Vista Murrieta High School football players accused of sex crimes against a half-dozen girls made their first court appearances today, with a judge ordering one defendant released to his parents’ custody and the other to remain locked up.

Kishawn Tre Holmes and Byron Keith Holt, both 17, were arrested Thursday following an investigation by Murrieta police into allegations that the pair had engaged in illicit conduct with six girls going back more than a year.

The boys appeared for a juvenile detention hearing before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Vic Saraydarian, who closed the courtroom to spectators, including the media, permitting only the defendants’ family members and attorneys to be present.

After hearing from the parties, Saraydarian ordered Holmes to remain held at Southwest Juvenile Hall but permitted Holt to return home with his parents, on the condition that he remain under close supervision.

The defendants’ next hearing is Oct. 30.

Holmes is charged with three counts of false imprisonment, two counts each of rape by force or fear and lewd acts on a child under 14, as well as one count of witness intimidation, according to the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office.

The charges against his co-defendant were not disclosed, but D.A.’s office spokesman John Hall described them as ”sex-related.”

Hall said more details are being released about Holmes’ case than that of his co-defendant because any time an underage defendant is charged with certain crimes — in this case rape — hearings are held in open court, unlike most juvenile court proceedings.

Hall said Holt’s name was released because ”at least one charge that’s been filed against him is a serious or violent felony.” However, additional details about Holt’s case, including the number of counts filed, were withheld because proceedings in his case will not occur in open court and prosecutors are barred from disclosing what happens, according to Hall.

An investigation that began on Aug. 29 led to the defendants’ arrests, according to Murrieta police Lt. Tony Conrad.

He said a Murrieta police school resource officer was first notified of possible sex crimes against children and gathered information that he turned over to detectives on Sept. 3 for further investigation, culminating in the teenagers’ arrests nine days later.

”Vista Murrieta High School is a safe campus. The sexual assault incidents … occurred off campus,” Conrad said.

Authorities would not confirm the relationships, if any, between the parties involved.

The defendants both played varsity football for the top-ranked Vista Murrieta High School Broncos. Holmes was a star running back during the team’s last season.

Officials with the Murrieta Valley Unified School District expressed dismay at the case, but said the alleged attacks did not occur on the school campus or during any school-related functions.

Outside the Murrieta courthouse, the mother of an alleged victim lashed out as she was trailed by television cameras, saying the teens belonged behind bars.


MURRIETA – Two Vista Murrieta High School students accused of sex crimes against a half-dozen girls were charged today with multiple felonies.

Kishawn Tre Holmes and Bryan Keith Holt, both 17, were arrested Thursday following an investigation by Murrieta police into allegations that the pair had engaged in illicit conduct with six girls going back more than a year.

Holmes is charged with three counts of false imprisonment, two counts each of rape by force or fear and lewd acts on a child under 14, as well as one count of witness intimidation, according to John Hall of the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office.

The charges against his co-defendant were not disclosed, but D.A.’s office spokesman John Hall described them as ”sex-related.”

Hall said more details are being released about Holmes’ case than that of his co-defendant because any time an underage defendant is charged with certain crimes — in this case rape by force or fear — hearings are held in open court unlike most juvenile court proceedings.

Hall said Holt’s name was released because ”at least one charge that’s been filed against him is a serious or violent felony.” However, additional details about Holt’s case, including the number of counts filed, were withheld because proceedings in his case will not occur in open court and prosecutors are barred from disclosing what happens, according to Hall.

An investigation that began on Aug. 29 led to the defendants’ arrests, according to Murrieta police Lt. Tony Conrad.

He said a Murrieta police school resource officer was first notified of possible sex crimes against children and gathered information that he turned over to detectives on Sept. 3 for further investigation, culminating in the teenagers’ arrests nine days later.

”Vista Murrieta High School is a safe campus. The sexual assault incidents … occurred off campus,” Conrad said.

Authorities would not confirm the relationships, if any, between the parties involved.

The defendants, both of whom are being held at Southwest Juvenile Hall, are slated to make their initial court appearances tomorrow at the Southwest Justice Center.

MURRIETA – Two Vista Murrieta High School students are suspected of sexually assaulting a fellow student in an off-campus crime, police said today.

Two boys were arrested Thursday based on a probe that started Aug. 29 and were booked at the Southwest Juvenile Hall, Murrieta police Lt. Tony Conrad said.

The crime was reported to a Murrieta police school resource officer, who handed up his report to detectives Sept. 3, he said.

”Vista Murrieta High School is a safe campus. The sexual assault incidents … occurred off campus,” Conrad said. Where the alleged crimes occurred was not made public.

One Response to "High School Athletes Accused of Sex with Girls Appear in Court"

  1. Joy Albayati   September 21, 2013 at 3:29 am

    I believe in the system that says a person is innocent until proven guilty. I understand the feelings and emotions of the victims parents but we have to allow justice to prevail. I know one of the boys and am still not making a decision based on prior knowledge of he and his family. The last things anyone needs is for this case to be tried by the public. Perhaps instead of anger and hate, we can offer prayer and support for all who are hurting. The focus should not be on getting the boys but making sure the victims have support, love and healing.
    On the other side, I pray, if the accusations are true , the boys (not men) come to realize the wrong the did, make amends as far as they can, and in the future, teach other young men to make better choices. I believe that is how people and communities grow and become stronger after such a tragedy.

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