Two of the most prominent high school football players in Southern California have been charged with sex crimes against minor-age victims. The players, Kishawn Tre Holmes and Byron Holt Jr., appeared in court on Tuesday to face claims that they perpetrated sex-related crimes against six other high school students. Holmes and Holt are both 17.
Holmes was given the nickname "Sweet Feet" by rapper Snoop Dogg. He is charged with rape by force and fear against two alleged victims, two counts of a lewd act against a third alleged victim under the age of 14 and false imprisonment charges against three more alleged victims. He will remain in juvenile detention until his next court hearing.
Holt faces three felony charges of consensual sex with a minor under 14. He was allowed to return home to his family, The Huffington Post reported.
“I will say to have your child attending a school that’s in fear and harassed by others is simply not fair, and we will just wait to see the outcome,” the father of one of the alleged victims said in a statement.
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Holt's mother, Tasha Penniman, spoke about the allegations.
"The district attorney does have evidence he had consensual sex with another high school student," she said. “They have no evidence of him raping anyone. I just want his name cleared, because Byron is a good kid.
Under California law, the age of consent is 18 years old. Therefore, it is illegal for minors to consent to other minors.