Rhode Island Freshman Jonathan Holton Arrested For Video Voyeurism: Report

on March 27 2012 5:13 PM

University of Rhode Island forward Jonathan Holton was arrested by campus police on Tuesday morning and charged with two felony counts of video voyeurism, according to the Providence Journal.

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Holton was named to the 2011-12 Atlantic-10 All-Rookie Team before the incidents took place. (Photo: gorhody.com)

The 21-year-old was arrested after complaints from two female students that he shot video of two separate sexual encounters with them and then posted the videos to Facebook without their consent. Police said the encounters occurred on campus last fall and were consensual.

Holton was arraigned Tuesday morning in Wakefield, R.I., District Court and was released on personal recognizance upon signing a waiver of extradition since he is from Florida. He was also ordered to have no contact with the two women.

The two female students first reported the incidents on March 17 to the Division of Student Affairs and then on March 20 to campus police. Campus police said the two went to the police station after friends told them that some videos of them had been posted to Facebook and that they were forwarded to about 30 people. Four videos have been turned over to campus police.

Holton has been suspended from the university's basketball program and all related activities. The incidents have been referred to the student judicial process, which can hand down sanctions against him ranging from a written reprimand to suspension.  

Now, Holton is scheduled for a felony screening with the state attorney general's office on April 27. If convicted on the criminal charges, he could face up to three years in prison and up to a $5,000 fine.

Holton, a 6-foot-9 freshman, averaged 10.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game for the Rams last season.

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