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URI statement regarding additional charges against Jonathan Holton

Media Contact: Dave Lavallee, 401-874-5862

March 29, 2012

University of Rhode Island Campus Police arrested Jonathan Holton today, March 29 at about 8 a.m. on a warrant issued yesterday by the Miami-Dade Police on a charge of robbery. This is Holtonís second arrest this week.

Listed as a freshman student earlier this week, Holton is no longer registered at the University.

The 20-year-old Holton, of Miami, Fla., was arrested Tuesday, March 27 by campus police on two counts of video voyeurism following complaints by two female URI students that he took video of them during separate sexual encounters. Campus police said that Holton, who was arraigned Tuesday on the video voyeurism charges in District Court, Wakefield, and released on personal recognizance, is expected to be extradited by Miami-Dade Police. As a result of the arrest Tuesday, URI Director of AthleticsThorr Bjorn immediately suspended Holton from the menís basketball team and all related athletic activities. The matter was also referred to the Universityís student conduct process.

URI police went to Holtonís URI residence today at 7:54 a.m. and arrested him without incident. He was charged with being a fugitive from justice in connection with the Miami-Dade warrant.

While executing a search warrant Tuesday, March 27, URI police seized a MacBook Pro laptop computer from Holtonís on-campus residence. The computerís serial number was run through the National Crime Information Center Wednesday, and it was discovered that the computer had been reported stolen to URI police July 26, 2011. The computer was stolen from the common area of a suite in one of the residence halls. The computer was valued at $1,200.

Based on this information, URI police charged Holton with possession of stolen goods totaling more than $500, a felony.

Holton was arraigned in District Court, Wakefield, today on the stolen goods charge and the fugitive charge. Following his signing a waiver of extradition, he was released on personal recognizance on the stolen goods charge. On the fugitive charge, the court ordered $15,000 bail with double surety, or $3,000 cash. He was given a date of April 4 to turn himself into Miami-Dade police.