MURRIETA – Jury selection got underway today for the trial of a former Vista Murrieta High School band instructor accused of making sexual advances to a 15-year-old student and showing him pornography.
Garrett Bayly Karlin, 25, could face jail time and fines if convicted of misdemeanor charges of annoying or molesting a child under 18 years old.
Riverside County Superior Court Judge Mark Mandio summoned several panels of prospective jurors to the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta this afternoon for screening as to their availability and qualifications. Opening statements by the prosecution and defense are expected tomorrow.
Karlin remains free on a $3,500 bond.
According to Murrieta police, Karlin developed a relationship with a Vista Murrieta High School band member last year when he began giving the boy one-on-one music lessons.
Karlin had met the student while working part-time for the Murrieta Valley Unified School District as a summer band camp coach, a position he no longer holds.
During private encounters with the victim, Karlin allegedly made inappropriate suggestions and showed him sexually explicit material, according to police.
The alleged incidents came to light in November, leading to an investigation that culminated in Karlin’s arrest on Nov. 20 at his Rovendale Court home.