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.

Steve Newman September 17, 2013 at 05:18 PM
Dolores- so when you drop your kids off at school in the morning- who is watching them- not you, you are on the way to work- let the school watch them- parenting issue. What d you kids do after school while they are waiting for mommy to finish her latte- who watches them- the school- parenting issue. You like most parents, feel once your kids leave your sight, it is the schools job to watch over them- go ahead and deny that- you would be lying.
HB September 17, 2013 at 05:25 PM
Steven Newman- Again, stop the victim blaming. It's comments such as your that only further perpetuate rape culture. Being at a party is NOT asking to get raped.
Really September 17, 2013 at 05:56 PM
Guess What? This is not how schools get funded! Schools are funded by the State of California!!!! You pay taxes for education, the taxes go to the state and the state sends the money back to the districts based on head count and attendance. So the schools in MUVSD get funded by the number of students that they have and if they go to school. Oh by the way, Federal Funds are also allocated based on similar criteria including test scores. So before continuing your rant about out of district students, that's how it works. One other thing, in MVUSD transfer students represent a higher GPA on average vs. in district students. So these students actually help the district get more funds! GHints September 17, 2013 at 02:04 PM The issue isn't the transfers from within Murrieta, but the transfers from outside Murrieta. As a Murrieta resident, my taxes pay for the schools that my children go to. The Murrieta residents are paying for their education. You want your kids to go to Vista? Buy a house in Murrieta or rent an apartment whose owner pays taxes to the school system. Or the schools district should impose a Fee equal to the education charge on our taxes for those transferring into the schools that don't live in Murrieta.
Really September 17, 2013 at 06:00 PM
So GHINTS to continue, so your property taxes are paying for students all over the state, including areas that your most likely would not want to visit. : ) GHints September 17, 2013 at 02:04 PM The issue isn't the transfers from within Murrieta, but the transfers from outside Murrieta. As a Murrieta resident, my taxes pay for the schools that my children go to. The Murrieta residents are paying for their education. You want your kids to go to Vista? Buy a house in Murrieta or rent an apartment whose owner pays taxes to the school system. Or the schools district should impose a Fee equal to the education charge on our taxes for those transferring into the schools that don't live in Murrieta.
Really September 17, 2013 at 06:14 PM
And Really GHints it's the only way it would work! If a kid lives in an area that has depressed property values than there might be no money to open schools. Right! So the education money is "pooled" so that will not happen. So before you go to your next football game with your sequenced shirt waving your pom poms and blasting out of district students again, that is how it works!!
Maggie Avants (Editor) September 17, 2013 at 06:33 PM
UPDATE: http://murrieta.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/former-vista-murrieta-football-players-appear-in-court
Brenda September 17, 2013 at 06:34 PM
REALLY---No sons hun. All daughters. With as many as I had I know how the teenage "system" works very well, and every little plan they can try and hatch, LOL. I could tell you I was not stupid and expected the worse and would be very happy and get the best and my girls were rewarded. But their friends wanted many times to leave in the night to parties either spending the night here or at their house. If parents do NOT realize this goes on, its plain ole ignorance and laziness.
Brenda September 17, 2013 at 06:38 PM
And better yet STEVE NEWMAN, when the kids play sick at home alone, and parents are both at work! There are so many things to watch for its incrediable the ideas the teenagers come up with.
Steve Newman September 17, 2013 at 06:50 PM
Brenda- boy don't I know that-conniving little people aren't they. But it seems like some of the entitlement parents on this post "never" did anything against the rules. Must be nice to be so perfect. They keep forgetting what high school is like- you raise your kids the best you can, then monitor what they do and with whom. Other than that, life is a crap shoot.
Steve Newman September 17, 2013 at 06:53 PM
HB- no I am not blaming the victims- all I am saying is it takes two-and if one doesn't want to , then leave the party. You people talk of rape as it requires some sort of violence to be attained- it does not-sexual intercourse with somebody under 18 is rape- with or without permission. And people fear their rep will be tarnished, so they cry rape. It is the law-but not reality.
HB September 17, 2013 at 07:01 PM
Steve Newman- ...the charges of rape were "rape by force or fear". It does not "take two" in that sort of case.
Candor September 17, 2013 at 07:01 PM
Really no need to justify why you sent your kids to VM. We all get it you are supremely intelligent parents and all your kids are special. In most cases it just seems like some justification that we are all supposed to give a rats rear end about. Bottom line none of this would have prevented this. Pretty well known teenagers of all backgrounds make stupid decisions this is just another dumb decision made. We know this is not a reflection on the institution you are clamoring about.
Brenda September 17, 2013 at 07:02 PM
Exaclty Steve, and you say it so much more eloquently and I do. Its not reality and its not fair to these guys. Sorry but these laws are wrong when its consentual sex and then the girls can go and cry foul. I have seen these girls and the things they can do when a guy does them wrong, or does not give them what they want, or some kind of attention, or get a different girlfriend, or the guys just play the field, and alot of these guys can just play the field. I have seen these girls do it with the male teachers for heavens sake. Have seen the texts, and facebook logs, myspace logs and these children are definately lacking in something or our whole society of teenagers are hypersexual for some reason.
Brenda September 17, 2013 at 07:07 PM
HB---every teenage girl is going to say rape by force and fear", well then why did they go??????? DOH!!! When you tell a story you want the police AND your parents to believe you are going to say it was RAPE, and going to say you were SCARED!
Sj Salcido September 17, 2013 at 07:10 PM
I'm so disappointed by the tone and content of many of these posts. I think we can all agree that accountability, honesty, integrity, wholesome morals and ethics are all character traits we want to see in our own children. I just think we'd do a better job teaching these things to our children if we practiced them ourselves...at all times...even when we are upset by something as awful as this news article. It's a little difficult to tell our children to be kind and not to bully if they see us posting hateful comments to one another. So, my fellow parents, how about we be good role models and refrain from bashing one another? The truth in this case will come out eventually. Let's show some restraint and patience while this all works it's way through the system. Be the better person
HB September 17, 2013 at 07:11 PM
Brenda- It is comments like yours that are the reason SO many girls are afraid to ever even report rapes because of the fear that people will think they are just lying and doing it to get back at a someone/attention/etc etc. This. is. rape. culture.
Michael Bubba Gonzalez September 17, 2013 at 07:50 PM
Acknowledgement and accountability seem to be missing from Vista supporters. I honestly find it somewhat hilarious all the Vista supporters who refuse to acknowledge that there was an issue. Yes other schools have issues but most of us would acknowledge, agree changes should be made versus blindly supporting them. Schools have issues, teenagers have issues, athletes also have issues. Love to see one of you Vista supporters acknowledge there are issues you don't fully support
dorenda September 17, 2013 at 11:58 PM
Doesn't anyone watch the news?! This same type of thing happend in Ohio in 2012. And does anyone remember the high school football player accused of rape... sent to prison and victim (years later) recanted her story and now he's free and playing in the NFL. Bottom line... let the police do their investigating of the boys and their investigating of the girls and stop the mindless chatter and accusations being thown around in this forum... it's not helping either side.
MGM September 18, 2013 at 09:28 AM
Brenda, Honestly, I'm embarrassed for you. As a woman, sister, daughter and mother, I'm sickened by your lack of understanding and your lack of respect for females in general. You don't even know you're demoralizing your own daughters with your mentality and comments. People don't ask to be raped by wearing certain clothes or by "wanting to go out with the star football player." Rape is an issue of power and control, done by many types of people, with many backgrounds, of many different ages. The same can be said about the victims. There is no way to categorize the type of person committing the crime, nor having the crime committed against them. Only the psychological mindset. You probably don't know (or won't understand) that rape can occur between two people, in a committed monogamous relationship. It's not about the sex, it's about the power and control. Sorry if you've been misinformed or misguided.
Really September 18, 2013 at 10:49 AM
Candor, Sorry I live and work in Murrieta. I have an 11 year old, so you are WRONG! The truth sometimes hurts Candor!
Really September 18, 2013 at 10:50 AM
MGM Well Said!
Mom2fourGreatKids September 18, 2013 at 06:39 PM
My son is a student at VMHS. The 2 students were both football players on the Varsity squad prior to the season starting. These are not kids with nothing to do. This seems to be about power and control...as is the case with most sexual assault charges, while having nothing to do with VMHS football program, the coaches or other uninvolved players. There is much more to this story but I will not speculate nor discuss it here. We will have to wait and see how justice is served in this case. In the mean time, please remember "Innocent until proven Guilty" and keep the victims, all of the family members involved in your thoughts and prayers...even the families of those who are accused.
april September 18, 2013 at 06:46 PM
I hope the girls affected are all seeking medical and mental attention to be sure they are ok. I hope that everyone respects the privacy all parties need to heal and move forward. As for the accused - let the truth be heard and all pay the consequences where need be. For the rest - talk to your so ns and daughters and let them express how they feel - let something positive somewhere here come out if all this mess.
Let's Be Fair September 19, 2013 at 07:19 PM
To all-c-ing-eye. My question to you is: what exactly do you mean, "it's now in 'our' backyard"? Neither one of these young men who are being accused come from bad homes, so please don't compare them to some kids from Harlem who leave "their area" to rape people in what, more affluent areas? I'm really trying to understand your tone here. First, we're praying for the victims, and I really hope these young men understand the severity of what they're being accused. Some of you have already convicted them. I wonder what it is exactly some of you are assuming. I'm just going to assume that if many of you are making.your judgments because these boys are African-American, would your opinions differ if the victims were also African-American as well? I ask this because all this did occur in "our backyard". It's best you reserve your judgment until all the facts have been argued. I think many of you may be surprised--not necessarily in favor of the accused, but just because you all have already made.up in your mind who these young men (and victims) are. You all should be very careful of who you judge. Who are any of you who feel that you're entitled to judge? What makes you so special? This could happen to anyone, regardless of race, gender, religion. and socioeconomic status.
all-c-ing-eye September 25, 2013 at 07:10 PM
To lets be fair-All to many times words written are thought of as one thing but interpreted differently by various readers and the author of the post stands there scratching his/her head going, Huh, thats not what i said. The rape case is bad in any terms and no one is convicting anyone here just because they are black. If its anybodys fault it may be the media's because way to many times its just how things are reported. If the reporting is accurate [as reporters try to be]and it is black men doing the crime so be it. All we do is read the news and make our own judgements, but understand this, we are allowed to make our own judgements but only a court with jurors and a judge can pass judgement on those accused. What about the crimes that almost brought our financial system to its knees on wall st.? All white guys right? we know that and we can think that, so if you think that non violent crimes are white and bad crimes are black because of the media reporting try and find another source of info, but if that info matches up with either the Harlem or wall st. crimes then there is no denying it. What i said comes from living in an area and it was something that everybody knew and i mean everybody. Being politically correct only masks the truth and everyone lives the lie, would you prefer that? thank You.
Brenda September 26, 2013 at 02:51 AM
MGM, I do not have time for the reply I want to leave so I will pass on your atm. Of course everyone is very innocent until proven to be guilty, stories change, charges are dropped for one reason or another, plea bargain that is acceptable to victims IF that is even discussed, all the way down to trial. I would like to see it go to trial myself. I hope all of these kids are getting help including the guys. To be accused whether they did anything wrong or not is worthy of some counciling also. April I am with you and spot on. Dorenda, I know of so many cases that have happened like this exactly that is why I play devil's advocate and show the different things that could have happened. This could go to MGM also. If parents have raised their daughtgers properly they will NEVER find themselves in a situation in high school to GET RAPED. They would know that if they are meeting a boy somewhere they like, it is probably for one thing, and it will come up to answering yes or no, or possible RAPE. I want to believe that ALL parents have taught their children this, boys also, and I know that the schools do also. If these girls put themselves into these situations, not one, but 6 of them, we first have parents who do NOT know where their daughters are, we have girls who are not care about their safety, saying yes or no, nor even after 1 to several encounters with one of these guys, cry for help due to rape. So tell me where did it go wrong with 6 girls from the same school, with the 2 same Star Football Players, the parents, the schools fault(RIDICULOUS for that to be a reason, but I think its ignorant to move kids around for a fricking SPORT). Did these guys sneak into their bedrooms in the dead of night, rip their clothes off and rape them while the family slept? Meet them at the mall for a movie but instead rip their clothes off and rape them in the parking structure? Meet them at the park in the middle of the night, get stripped and raped there, the girl goes to the house the boys stay to have pizza in the middle of the day on a Saturday(told Mom and Dad going to Mall with her friends)gets raped...AND THEN all of them go home and not say a word for months, after several encounters? Not a word all 6. Now those are the kind of things I warned my daughters about and to this day if I read a new way some man gets a woman alone. Thank God to this day none of my daughters, either married, or not, have ever been molested, raped, assaulted, anything along those lines and I hope its because I constantly taught them how to stay safe. Would one of my daughters have gotten themselves alone in a situation with a boy in highschool? Hell NO. Would we have parties with a ton of kids isolated to the family room, pool and one bathroom, YES. With adults present at all times. That is the only way to protect yourself and your daughters, and that goes to all women. We are the weaker ones, we are going to be victims as long as some have their head in the clouds. If one of my daughters had been touched, assaulted, or the extreme of being raped they would have immediately told me or the police.
Brenda September 26, 2013 at 02:52 AM
Damn, I wish I did not type 125wpm which is how fast my brain works also. Brain or fingers SLOW DOWN!! Sorry very much ;) for the length of my comments.
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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