UPDATED: Ex-Band Coach Convicted of Molesting Murrieta Teen

The Murrieta man was convicted of molesting a 15-year-old member of the Vista Murrieta Golden Alliance Marching Band.

Garrett Bayly Karlin.
Garrett Bayly Karlin.
*Editor's Note: This story has been updated with additional details from the Riverside County District Attorney's Office about the outcome of the trial.

A former Vista Murrieta High School band instructor accused of making sexual advances to a 15-year-old student and showing him pornography has been found guilty on all charges, district attorney officials tell Patch.

Garrett Bayly Karlin, 25, was sentenced Friday to 240 days in county jail and three years of summary probation in connection to three misdemeanor charges of annoying or molesting a child under 18 years old, Riverside County District Attorney Spokesman John Hall said.

It took the jury just an hour and 20 minutes to return their verdict. 

Karlin had remained free on $3,500 bail since shortly after his 2012 arrest, but he was taken into custody following his conviction at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta to begin serving his time.

The man will now be labeled a sex offender for life.

"He must register as a sex offender for life and undergo counseling as directed by the Probation Department," Hall said.  "He was ordered to have no contact with the victim or anyone under 18 not related to him during the time on probation."

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, 2012 at his Rovendale Court home.

Karlin was initially jailed on suspicion of 20 counts of sexual battery, 20 counts of annoying or molesting a child and one count of distributing harmful matter to a minor, Murrieta police said about his Nov. 20 arrest.

Murrieta police detectives submitted the case to the DA’s office, which then weighed the evidence presented.

“In general, what a person is arrested on suspicion of sometimes does not end up being what they may be charged with after we review the evidence,” said Hall in Jan. 2013. “We charge based on the evidence we review and the best way we believe to move forward with the case.”

– City News Service and Maggie Avants contributed to this report. 

Meredith March 19, 2014 at 01:31 AM
@ KeepingMyPrivacy, Congratulations on knowing a convicted pedophile up close and personal. I also sat in the courtroom and listened for two days to testimony from the victim and also Garrett. I can tell you with out a shadow of a doubt that Garrett is 100% guilty of the crimes he was accused of. The rumors you have heard about the victim are just that RUMORS! They are malicious lies that have been spread by "Garrett supporters". The DA had evidence to prove the charges against Garrett. The judge himself said after reading the evidence he was disgusted. You say the victim had no regard for the life that he ruined. Likewise, Garrett had no regard for what he is putting his family, the victim, the victim's family, and friends through. He forever altered the life of this young boy. There is only one person who ruined Garrett's life and that is GARRETT! You say you are a victim yourself so I ask, What is wrong with you? Why are you so willing to support and stand beside a person that was convicted of molesting a child.
southernbelle March 19, 2014 at 11:47 AM
@KMP--I can't imagine how difficult it would be to have someone you know and care about end up with a charge like this. Especially when the person you know is not "this" person. We hear that all the time…"I can't believe it was him, he was such a nice guy." or "Unbelievable, she always seemed like a good mother." The thing is that when a person gets caught up in things they would not want others to know about, it is kept secret as far as they can help it and I assure you they aren't showing that side of themselves to people they know. Now I do thin there is a slight chance the guy could be innocent but he has had his day in court, and obviously was easy enough to convict based on the evidence for the jury to do so. Shame on his lawyer if he didn't do his job well and his client was innocent. But spewing anger at commenters here is out of line. Everyone is reacting to the end result, and people are disgusted and tired of child molesters taking advantage of our kids. Also, it is not "normal" for kids to watch porn, but it is becoming more and more "common." and yes, it is very disgusting and destructive, but we only have ourselves to blame for it. Remember all of us who wanted more freedom, less censorship in media?? It was the beginning of a monster because people really don't have good self-control and one thing leads to another. history has proven it.
H.Gracie March 20, 2014 at 09:29 AM
When this case first broke there were a series of emotional responses from both the accused and alleged victim. None of which were fair, being that neither side had the full facts of the case. Now, 18 months later, all the facts have been presented in a court of law and Garrett has been convicted by a Judge and Jury of his peers. Having been an unbiased witness to the facts of this case presented by both sides, the guilty verdict is one that cannot be disputed. Garrett received a minimal punishment, considering his actions will affect the victim for the rest of his life. Garrett committed the ultimate despicable act, abusing his position of power/influence, and robbing a child of his innocence. Now having justly been convicted, he must pay the consequences for his actions.
southernbelle March 20, 2014 at 12:09 PM
^^^^^ "award for perfect post goes to Gracie. the end.


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