SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. — West Virginia basketball signee Jonathan Holton, who pleaded no contest Wednesday to one count of video voyeurism, was sentenced to two years probation and ordered to undergo mental health counseling.

Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Forward Jonathan Holton was a freshman standout at Rhode Island before two charges of video voyeurism and led to his dismissal in March 2012.

During his disposition hearing in Superior Court, the former University of Rhode Island standout had a second count of video voyeurism dismissed because that video did not contain images of the victim quite graphic enough to satisfy the criminal statute.

The West Virginia basketball sports information department said coach Bob Huggins would have no comment at this time.

Holton was expelled from Rhode Island last March after allegedly recording separate sexual encounters with two female URI students. Though police said the sex was consensual, the video recording wasn’t, and the females became aware of the videos when they were posted to Facebook.

Along with probation, Holton was prohibited from having contact with the victim. The structure of his mental health counseling will be revisited by the court in July.

A violation of his probation could once again subject Holton to the maximum felony of up to three years jail time.

The “nolo contendere” plea, which is neither an admission of guilt nor a dispute of the criminal charge, prevents the defendant from going to trial.

In days after Holton’s arrest, defense attorney John MacDonald contended: “Jonathan Holton did not post any graphic images on his Facebook account nor did he email or forward these images to others. An unauthorized third party accessed Mr. Holton’s account without his consent and maliciously sent these images under his name. Mr. Holton is truly sorry for the pain and embarrassment that these actions have caused.”

MacDonald did not immediately return a message left at his office after Wednesday’s disposition hearing.

The 6-foot-9 Holton was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie team after averaging 10.2 points and 8.1 rebounds in 2011-12.

The Miami native spent last season at Palm Beach (Fla.) State Community College, where he averaged 17.5 points and 14.1 rebounds per game.

In November, Holton committed to Florida International, but he began looking for another program when coach Richard Pitino left FIU for Minnesota.


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  • harlem princess

    Leave him alone!!

  • KdubV

    The number of idiots on here is amazing, Larry, Big Tom, Barry, etc. Kids make mistakes, hell, we all do. To sit there on you pedastal, with your holier than thou attitude, thumbing your nose at everyone and everything. No wonder the rest of the country laughs at this state and it's people. I laugh every time I hear or read a statement about the "fine, pleasant, courteous, respectful people of WV. It has been my life long experience that WV is is full of opinionated, spiteful, resentful hicks who are self-centered and believe their opinion matters or makes a difference. It doesn't, it is expressed solely for the purpose of being argumentative and negative. Much like the opiner's life.

    • Barry

      I on the other hand love this state, am proud of it people and its history. I am proud to be a West Virginian, sorry that you are not.

    • Barry

      Then by all means please leave this state and root for another team. You are the one acting like you are better than others.
      Sorry that some of us have some ethics and want better for this state.

  • KdubV

    Barry- Not RAPE.... Sex was consentual. FACT- None of you have a dang say in it so go back to whittling... or whatever's going on in the holler.

  • big tom

    so we now have holton a felon, and miles a flukie coming to our program,,, it spells virus to me, and we now have fallen to the deepest depths of disperation in wvu BB,,, how far will huggins take us, only luck will know, i am sick at my stomack at this whole mess

  • Bill

    I think the word,"DESPERATE" is it!!

    When you have to recruit a guy like this to win a few a games, you are DESPERATE!!!

  • rekterx

    Sooo ... when will a West Virginia journalist do a piece on how the basketball program is polarizing the fan base? Isn't the fans response to the basketball program part of the larger basketball story?

  • Bill


    How long are we going to keep this story blasted on the front page of the WVU sports section?

    Take this crap down. I don't want to see it anymore.

  • DonaldH

    How Michigan's Basketball program is doing these days?

  • DonaldH

    Voyeurism? Really? IT'S PORNO-- Huggs is recruiting PORNO Stars to play basketball for WVU.. I bet the Big12 is just so tickled with their choice of WVU-- even more now that WVU has about the 75th ranked recruiting class in football...

  • Medman

    This was predicted when Huggins was hired. That was his track record and it was ignored by his friends on the Board who insisted that he be hired. He has taken a Belien class act to the bottom in terms of credibility. He also took us to the Final Four, using Belien's recruits. Huggs is on the same path as Catlett in his hast two years at WVU.

    • Charles

      Really. Beilen's recruits. 3 out of 5 starters on final four team were huggs recruits.

      • Bill

        wrong again!!

  • Jay

    Always enjoy reading the comments of CAPS LOCK WILLIAM.

    (Actually, it's the same comment stated dozens of times.)

  • FungoJoe

    What did the kid use to record the sexual act?? An Obamaphone. A free Obamaphone and the "entitlement" attitude. Just what WV needs more of.

    • Charles

      Wow really. Nice job of fitting the wv stereotype with that comment. And you same people wonder why we struggle to recruit. Your attitudes are the problem.

  • JimJim

    OK, Ok, we can settle this, let's go to the tape!

  • Gary Ray

    William and the rest of you HERD fans need look at your team, and some of the so called best teams in the country-they recruit the same type of players and a lot worse in many cases. Besides according to you all, NO-ONE deserves a second chance. West Virginians are always willing to give a KID a chance (we know kids can and will make mistakes)

  • RedGal

    Seriously?! All of you haters on here working yourselves up into a fine lather when you'll be the first ones to jump on the bandwagon and cheer when the team has a winning streak. They and Hugs will be all golden in your eyes the second you get a whiff of a good season. It's easy to be a fair weather fan isn't it? If it's that painful for you, then please, please, give back your tickets so that someone else may enjoy attending the games. And yes, there are plenty of us who aren't so-called rich fat cats who don't care if the team wins or loses. We enjoy going to games with our families and friends and supporting the institution that our children attend. There are folks in WV who don't spend every waking moment looking for someone or something to bash and try to enjoy life. Maybe you should try it sometime, you may feel better. BTW, my 2 1/2 hour drive up I-79 seems pretty reasonable to see my kids and spend an afternoon or evening with them at the game regardless who wins.