TWIN FALLS • A KMVT meteorologist has been charged with raping a woman in his apartment after a date Friday night.
Prosecutors say John “Jack” William Holland, 23, of Twin Falls used “force or violence” to restrain the woman during the attack. Holland was arraigned Monday in Twin Falls County Magistrate Court on one felony count of rape. Bond was set at $10,000.
Holland’s attorney, Chuck Peterson, said during Monday’s arraignment his client “adamantly denies the charge.”
“I think this is an incredibly thin case, and we’re going to defend it,” Peterson told the Times-News after the arraignment. “I don’t think he’s guilty of anything.”
Twin Falls County Prosecuting Attorney Grant Loebs said he couldn’t comment specifically about this case.
“I don’t know for sure what other evidence might be at play,” Loebs said. “But a lot of these types of cases have to do with what the woman says happened, and then what the man says happened.”
The woman told police she met Holland for a planned date at a local restaurant Friday night and agreed to go back to his apartment for dinner after having drinks at the restaurant, court documents said. Once at the apartment, Holland poured the woman a “substantial amount of ‘Gentleman Jack’ whisky.”
After the woman laid on the couch because she didn’t feel well, “Holland began asking her to show off, and while she was inebriated, removed the panties she was wearing from under dress,” court documents said. The woman told Holland to stop and sat up on the couch when he began grabbing under her dress.
Holland led the woman “to his bedroom while she was stumbling,” removed her dress and pushed her on the bed, court documents said. The woman told police she “chomped her teeth at Holland as a deterrence and bit Holland on his stomach area.”
The woman told police Holland threw a wrapped condom on her chest and “it was from this point on that she knew Holland was going to rape her,” court documents said. She told police she threw the condom back at Holland and told him twice “she did not want to do this,” to which Holland responded he was “pro-condom.”
Holland placed one hand on her throat while attacking her, court documents said. The woman again asked Holland to stop during the attack, which ended when Holland got up, said he was “sorry to disappoint” and told her he was done.
The woman told police Holland “had a concerned look on his face and asked her where she was going” when she told him she needed to leave, court documents said. Holland put the woman’s underwear in her purse as she left and “told her not to forget them.”
The woman told police she scratched Holland at one point during the attack “on his upper chest and shoulder area in an attempt to get Holland’s DNA under her fingernails,” court documents said. She also described to police the layout of the apartment, a gray blanket on the couch, Florida State University coasters on the coffee table and a whisky glass that had her lipstick marks on it.
Police obtained a search warrant for Holland’s apartment and early Saturday found the blanket, the coasters and the glass with the lipstick, court records said. Police also found a used condom and a receipt from the restaurant that verified the time the woman said she met Holland there.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Feb. 12. Holland faces one year to life in prison if convicted.
Peterson, the defense attorney, requested $10,000 bond after prosecutors argued for $50,000.
Judge Thomas Kershaw set the lower bond but warned a warrant would be issued and extradition ordered if Holland failed to appear for his court dates. Holland is from Florida, and Peterson mentioned that if permitted, his client will go back to his home state and fly back for his preliminary hearing.
Holland is a graduate of Florida State University and moved to Florida from Ohio in 2004, according to his biography page still active on the KMVT website. His father attended Monday’s arraignment.
In his first professional meteorology job, Holland is the morning weatherman on KMVT’s “Rise and Shine” program and during the noon broadcast. Chris Huston, KMVT’s news director, said Holland is still employed, but he didn’t know if or when Holland would be back on the air.
“We are reviewing the information provided to us by the court about Mr. Holland’s arrest and charge,” KMVT General Manager Tim Coles said in a statement. “We take the allegations seriously, and we will follow this situation and report on it as we would any similar case.”