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URI F Arrested for Posting Sex Videos

Rhode Island freshman forward Jonathan Holton was arrested Tuesday and charged with two felony counts of video voyeurism for recording consensual sex and posting the videos on Facebook, according to the Providence Journal.

The report said that the alleged incidents took place on campus last fall, when the now 21-year-old Holton allegedly recorded two different sexual encounters and shared them on the social-networking site without the consent of either sexual partner.

According to the report, the female students involved complained to Division of Student Affairs on March 17 and campus police three days later. The newspaper said that they decided to report it after they were notified of the videos - which reportedly also were forwarded to 30 people - by friends.

Holton, who averaged 10.2 points and 8.1 rebounds as a freshman, has been suspended from the team. New head coach Dan Hurley and campus police would not comment on Holton, according to the Providence Journal, but URI vice president for student affairs Thomas R. Dougan did so.

“These are disturbing allegations that strike at the core of our commitment to make this a safe and civil campus community,” Dougan said in a release, according to the report.

“Respect for the rights and privacy of all of our community members is paramount. Campus police and Student Affairs are involved in separate intensive investigations surrounding these allegations.”

Citing police, the report said that Holton could face up to three years in prison and a $5,000 fine if he’s convicted of the felony charges. It also comes on the heels of the arrest of Boston College DT Jaryd Rudolph, who was pinched for alleged illegal audiotaping of his teammate’s consensual sex.

It’s not a great way for Hurley - who was hired from Wagner earlier this month by the Rams - to start his tenure. But more importantly, Holton’s alleged actions are very disturbing and foolish.

[Providence Journal]

 
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