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UPDATED: 2 Vista Murrieta Football Players Charged in Rape Investigation

Kishawn Holmes and Byron Holt, both 17 and listed as 2012-2013 members of the Vista Murrieta High School varsity football team, face criminal charges following a police investigation.

Vista Murrieta High School (Patch file photo)
Vista Murrieta High School (Patch file photo)

This article was originally published at 11 a.m. Sept. 16 and updated at 5 p.m. Sept. 16.

Sex-related criminal charges have been filed by the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office against two Vista Murrieta High School football players in an investigation involving six underage female victims.

Kishawn Tre Holmes, 17, has been charged with eight felony counts involving a total of six victims in incidents dating back to 2012, with the most recent being in August, said John Hall, spokesman for the DA’s office.

The charges filed against Kishawn include: two counts of rape by force or fear; two counts of a lewd and lascivious act on a victim under the age of 14; three counts of false imprisonment; and one count of dissuading a witness, Hall said.

Kishawn is scheduled to appear Tuesday for a detention hearing at Southwest Justice Center, according to Hall, who noted that because of the charges of rape by force or fear the law allows the proceedings to be public.

A Maxpreps.com player profile listed Kishawn, a senior, as a 5-foot-8-inch, 170-pound running back for the 2012-2013 Vista Murrieta varsity football team. He was not listed on the team’s current roster.

A second suspect in the investigation, Byron Keith Holt, 17, has been charged with sex-related crimes, according to Hall.

Byron, a junior, was also not listed as a 2013-2014 member of the Vista Murrieta team. During the 2012-2013 season, his Maxpreps.com profile described him as a 5-foot-10 inch, 220-pound varsity defensive linebacker for VMHS.

While the nature of the allegations permit Byron to be identified as a suspect in the case, the charges against him do not qualify under the law as those that would permit public knowledge of the court proceedings or case outcome, Hall said.

The arrests of two students on suspicion of rape were confirmed Monday morning by Murrieta police and officials with the Murrieta Valley Unified School District.

Both suspects had been booked Thursday at Southwest Juvenile Hall near Murrieta, police Lt. Tony Conrad said, following the investigation that began Aug. 29.

The school resource officer assigned to the campus had turned over his findings to the Murrieta police investigative unit on Sept. 3. The implicated students were contacted and interviewed by detectives, which ultimately led to their arrests, Conrad said.

The alleged rapes did not occur on school grounds, the lieutenant said.

“Vista Murrieta is a safe campus…,” Conrad said.

“...The school district and the police department make campus safety a high priority.”

Pending the outcome of the charges, the suspects were not on campus, according to Murrieta Valley Unified School District Spokeswoman Karen Parris, who said privacy laws do not allow the district to comment further on the charges or disciplinary actions taken.

“We were shocked and disappointed to learn of the arrests,” Parris said in an emailed statement.

She also said the alleged incidents did not occur on the Vista Murrieta campus or during school-related activities.

The district is “fully cooperating” with Murrieta police in their ongoing investigation, Parris said, and encourages anyone who has information about the case to contact Lt. Conrad at 951-461-6309.

Parris added that counselors are available for any students whom have concerns or whom wish to talk to someone regarding the situation.

Editor’s Note: The outcome of these allegations, as well as the facts, may change as the case progresses through the legal system. Not all details of each investigation are made public. All items are alleged to have occurred. There should be no assumption of guilt.

T Rexx September 28, 2013 at 12:33 PM
Wow. Sj Salcido you are correct. Rape is a crime of control. Girls are not only prone to this crime. Boys are too. In time, the case will go to court. The Southwest DA's office will take the low road and offer such a sweet plea bargain that the defense attorney's will jump on it. The victims involved will get no justice.
Let's Be Fair September 28, 2013 at 01:20 PM
All-c-ing-eye..I'm not asking for anyone to be politically correct, as I also believe that it can masks the truth. As far as the media is concerned, in many cases, not all, they pick and choose what they deem to be newsworthy and sometimes what may be newsworthy does has some sort of slant to it--look at Fox News and MSNBC and see how each differ on reporting the same story. I still stand by that I do believe many have jumped to convict the accused based on who they think they are and where they think they come from (and maybe because of who they think the victims may be). The statement I just made may not be an accurate one, but I do think it's fair. I'm reading through most of these comments and I it's really interesting that anytime cases like this come up, we're all quick to judge and determine the outcome in either direction, and no one really knows all the facts. I just think we should all just sit back and see where all this leads...
Brenda October 02, 2013 at 09:38 PM
Lets Be Fair, You are right, and as of now its on an even scale right? Yet two have been arrested and charged, but the other 6, the "victims" have not. They have only told a "story" so far. You are right "Lets Be Fair" that one of the girls in this case was also involved with a previous "rape" accusation and we never heard how that one ended. Like cases now where women come forward after 5, 10, 20 years and tell the truth that they were not raped, or it was consensual and at that time they were mad. Finally could not keep the lie going and keeping that on someones record. These boys are innocent until proven guilty, and doesnt matter one squat if they are black, green, yellow, white. I think ALL of you who are condemning these boys and "babying" these girls need to remember back in high school and just what it meant to be "seeing" one of the star football players and all the drama and lying going around to get one roped in. Rape, geesh. Unless its a girl, woman out walking alone, or living alone and is raped there is a crime, but this high school drama is just THAT, drama costing us tax payers money.

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