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Former VMHS Band Coach Pleads Not Guilty to Molestation Charges

Garrett Bayly Karlin, 24, could face jail time and fines if convicted of the misdemeanor charges, which authorities say stem from his contact with a member of Vista Murrieta High School band.

A former Vista Murrieta High School band instructor accused of making sexual overtures to a 15-year-old student and showing him pornography pleaded not guilty Thursday to three counts of annoying and molesting a minor.

Garrett Bayly Karlin, 24, could face jail time and fines if convicted of the misdemeanor charges, which authorities say stem from his contact with a member of the high school band.

Karlin remains free on $3,500 bail. A trial-setting conference is scheduled in the case for March 25.

According to Murrieta police, Karlin developed a relationship with a Vista Murrieta High School band member last year when he began teaching him music one-on-one.

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 youth, Karlin allegedly made inappropriate suggestions and showed him sexually explicit material, police said.

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.

—City News Service

Puopolo-Romano Patty January 18, 2013 at 05:06 PM
The bottom line is anyone can accuse a person of inappropriate behavior. The person accused has to prove their innocense at all expense. Family and friends on both sides is turned upside down. Stress and mental anguish, life savings tapped. In the end when the accused is found not guilty how will the accuser and his family be held responsible? Love you Garrett, keep being you!
SA January 18, 2013 at 06:07 PM
I am stern on the belief that any male not past the age of 35 and enjoys being around kids, has a side agenda of sex on the brain. Why? Because they never grew up … However if he is found innocent (which one can only hope for) he better file a malicious prosecution, slander, defamation of character and loss of earning capability complaint…
SA January 18, 2013 at 07:59 PM
I believe this the cycle (not all male teachers) is high school, college then teaching… a male teacher has not been around kids / young adults so he can relate better to kids … Now female teachers are nurturers and every once in a while there is that sick one with wires crossed, however I do not think the male student cares. (Needing a girl friend is classic and if that is the case then I rest my case as the older we get we dont need a girl friend crap a couch and remote is perfect.)
Brenda January 18, 2013 at 10:19 PM
Exactly Steve, and Puopolo. 15 yr olds and a cross wired perception alot of times and after raising a few of them I can attest to that. Not all of them, but some lets say. It doesnt end for both families, the victim, or the accused. Civil suits will happen that take years and put a horrendous drain on emotions and finances, after the criminal trial. Either we have an epidemic of perverts going after 15 yr old kids or 15 yr old kids are weaving some webs, and no one but the two of them know for sure. :/
Brenda January 18, 2013 at 10:21 PM
Hahaha SA, wait why am I laughing I am a woman!!! Because at my age I know us women are a pain in the butt to have around, LOL
Wouldn't You Like To Know January 19, 2013 at 02:51 AM
What the hell? I know a lot of men younger than 35 who have kids of their own, and love being around other kids because kids are a JOY. That is a disgusting accusation that you are making. Besides, it wasn't a man "not past the age of 35" that molested me, it was an old man who had long been retired. Don't make assumptions. Anyone can be a predator.
Brenda January 19, 2013 at 04:06 AM
Its true Wouldnt, it can be anyone. Having an Aunt who works at Atascadero State "Hospital" and going on "tours" I have seen them all. And I have to say that I could not have picked one single one out as a child molester. My Aunt did point out though alot of all age men who did work with children in some fashion whether as a teacher, professor, boy scouts, etc. etc. I can say that the majority of them were all extremely well kept. So is that a difference? Molesters are cleaner? Hell I dont know, but I do know they can look like anyone.
Dirk Diggler February 23, 2013 at 08:11 AM
First Garrett , then the soccer coach. What is going on here ?

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