SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Former University of Rhode Island basketball player Jonathan Holton was sentenced to two years probation Wednesday on a charge of video voyeurism.
Washington County Superior Court Judge Melanie Thunberg also ordered Holton, 22, with a last known address of 3925 Washington Ave., Miami, Fla., to undergo mental health counseling and have no contact of the victim.
Holton, who pleaded no contest to the charge, was originally charged with two counts of video voyeurism but the second count was dismissed, according to Amy Kempe, public information officer for the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office.
URI Police arrested Holton in March 2012 for two felony charges of video voyeurism after Holton allegedly videotaped two separate consensual sexual encounters between himself and two female students.
The videos were posted on Facebook, though they did not say who posted them, URI reported.
Holton, then 20, was suspended from the URI men’s basketball team as a result of his arrest.
“These are disturbing allegations that strike at the core of our commitment to make this a safe and civil campus community,” Thomas R. Dougan, URI vice president for Student Affairs, said in a statement at the time of the incident. “Respect for the rights and privacy of all our community members is paramount.”
At the time of his arrest, Holton, a 6-foot-9, 220-pound freshman forward was a bright spot on the court for URI in what was otherwise a dismal season, the Narragansett Times previously reported. He came on as a standout player midway through the season and was second on the team in scoring, was first in rebounding and led the Rams – who went 7-24, 4-10 in the Atlantic 10. For his success on the court, Holton was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team.
After Holton’s arrest in March 2012, he was arrested later that week on charges from Miami-Dade Police related to a 2009 robbery.
URI Police arrested Holton on the Miami-Dade Police warrant and also found a stolen laptop in his room at the time of the arrest.
The second arrest prompted Holton to withdraw from school.