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Ex-Band Coach Who Molested Boy Convicted


Friday, March 14th, 2014
Issue 11, Volume 18.


MURRIETA - A former Vista Murrieta High School band instructor who inappropriately touched a 15-year-old boy and showed him pornography was convicted today of misdemeanor charges and immediately sentenced to eight months in jail and three years probation.

A Murrieta jury deliberated just over an hour before finding 25-year-old Garrett Bayly Karlin of three counts of annoying or molesting a child under 18 years old.

Testimony in Karlin's trial concluded Thursday, with the prosecution and defense making their closing statements today, after which Riverside County Superior Court Judge Thomas Glasser sent jurors behind closed doors to begin weighing evidence.

This afternoon, jurors informed the judge they had reached a unanimous decision. After the verdicts were read, Glasser imposed the sentence, which also mandates that Karlin register as a convicted sex offender for life.

Karlin, who had been free on bond, was taken into custody and taken to the Southwest Detention Center.

According to a trial brief filed by Deputy District Attorney Stephen Stout, Karlin and the victim became acquainted in the fall of 2011 when the youth attended a "band camp" on the Vista Murrieta campus, where the defendant was a part-time music instructor.

Karlin and the boy -- whose name was withheld -- developed a close relationship, spending time driving around in the defendant's car, going to restaurants and generally "hanging out," Stout said.

Because Karlin was attending college in Colorado, he and the boy only visited during the summer, when the defendant was working as an assistant band coach, as well as during winter and spring breaks when Karlin would return to Murrieta to visit, according to the brief.

The victim alleged that on numerous occasions, Karlin touched him inappropriately, including "patting" the boy's crotch.

Court papers allege that on one occasion, the teenager asked Karlin to give him a ride to meet friends at a restaurant, but the defendant only agreed to grant the request on the condition that the victim masturbate in the back of his car, which the teen did.

To get the youth aroused, Karlin showed him pornographic images on his mobile phone, the prosecution alleged.

The victim told investigators that Karlin asked to see his penis on several occasions on the pretext of discerning whether it was growing normally.

During emails and text messages, Karlin had the boy send pictures of his pubic hair, and inquired about the adolescent's masturbation habits, according to the brief.

In the fall of 2012, after Karlin bought the boy a $220 Google Nexus tablet, the victim's parents became suspicious and questioned him about the nature of his relationship with Karlin, culminating in a call to Murrieta police, court papers stated.

Karlin was arrested on Nov. 20, 2012 at his Rovendale Court home.



Ex-Band Coach Who Molested Boy Convicted

MURRIETA - A former Vista Murrieta High School band instructor who inappropriately touched a 15-year-old boy and showed him pornography was convicted today of misdemeanor charges and immediately sentenced to eight months in jail and three years probation.

A Murrieta jury deliberated just over an hour before finding 25-year-old Garrett Bayly Karlin of three counts of annoying or molesting a child under 18 years old.

Testimony in Karlin's trial concluded Thursday, with the prosecution and defense making their closing statements today, after which Riverside County Superior Court Judge Thomas Glasser sent jurors behind closed doors to begin weighing evidence.

This afternoon, jurors informed the judge they had reached a unanimous decision. After the verdicts were read, Glasser imposed the sentence, which also mandates that Karlin register as a convicted sex offender for life.

Karlin, who had been free on bond, was taken into custody and taken to the Southwest Detention Center.

According to a trial brief filed by Deputy District Attorney Stephen Stout, Karlin and the victim became acquainted in the fall of 2011 when the youth attended a "band camp" on the Vista Murrieta campus, where the defendant was a part-time music instructor.

Karlin and the boy -- whose name was withheld -- developed a close relationship, Advertisement
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spending time driving around in the defendant's car, going to restaurants and generally "hanging out," Stout said.

Because Karlin was attending college in Colorado, he and the boy only visited during the summer, when the defendant was working as an assistant band coach, as well as during winter and spring breaks when Karlin would return to Murrieta to visit, according to the brief.

The victim alleged that on numerous occasions, Karlin touched him inappropriately, including "patting" the boy's crotch.

Court papers allege that on one occasion, the teenager asked Karlin to give him a ride to meet friends at a restaurant, but the defendant only agreed to grant the request on the condition that the victim masturbate in the back of his car, which the teen did.

To get the youth aroused, Karlin showed him pornographic images on his mobile phone, the prosecution alleged.

The victim told investigators that Karlin asked to see his penis on several occasions on the pretext of discerning whether it was growing normally.

During emails and text messages, Karlin had the boy send pictures of his pubic hair, and inquired about the adolescent's masturbation habits, according to the brief.

In the fall of 2012, after Karlin bought the boy a $220 Google Nexus tablet, the victim's parents became suspicious and questioned him about the nature of his relationship with Karlin, culminating in a call to Murrieta police, court papers stated.

Karlin was arrested on Nov. 20, 2012 at his Rovendale Court home.


Jury deliberations begin in trial of ex-band coach accused of molestation

MURRIETA - Jury deliberations got underway today in the trial of a former Vista Murrieta High School band instructor accused of inappropriately touching a 15-year-old boy and showing him pornography.

Garrett Bayly Karlin, 25, could face jail time and fines if convicted of three misdemeanor counts of annoying or molesting a child under 18 years old.

Testimony in Karlin's trial concluded Thursday, with the prosecution and defense making their closing statements today, after which Riverside County Superior Court Judge Mark Mandio sent jurors behind closed doors to begin weighing evidence in the case.

The defendant remains free on a $3,500 bond.

According to a trial brief filed by Deputy District Attorney Stephen Stout, Karlin and the victim became acquainted in the fall of 2011 when the youth attended a "band camp" on the Vista Murrieta High campus, where the defendant was a part-time music instructor.

Karlin and the boy -- whose identity was withheld -- developed a close relationship, spending time driving around in the defendant's car, going to restaurants and generally "hanging out," Stout said.

Because Karlin was attending college in Colorado, he and the boy only visited during the summer, when the defendant was working as an assistant band coach, as well as during winter and spring breaks when Karlin would return to Murrieta to visit, according to the brief.

The victim alleged that on numerous occasions, Karlin touched him inappropriately, including "patting" the boy's crotch.

Court papers allege that on one occasion, the teenager asked Karlin to give him a ride to meet friends at a restaurant, but the defendant only agreed to grant the request on the condition that the victim masturbate in the back of his car, which the teen did.

To get the youth aroused, Karlin allegedly showed him pornographic images on his mobile phone, the prosecution alleges.

The victim told investigators that Karlin asked to see his penis on several occasions on the pretext of discerning whether it was growing normally.

During emails and text messages, Karlin allegedly had the boy send pictures of his pubic hair, and also inquired about the adolescent's masturbation habits, according to the brief.

In the fall of 2012, after Karlin bought the boy a $220 Google Nexus tablet, the victim's parents became suspicious questioned him about the nature of his relationship with Karlin, culminating in a call to Murrieta police, court papers stated.

Karlin was arrested on Nov. 20, 2012 at his Rovendale Court home.


 

6 comments

Comment Profile ImageUnusualSuspect
Comment #1 | Saturday, Mar 15, 2014 at 8:26 am
Hmm, so the crime warrants a lifetime of observance but only eight months in jail? Either he's dangerous or he isn't. What is eight months supposed to do? Maybe he'll learn from other sex offenders in jail how to not get caught next time.
Comment Profile ImageGodHasAPlan
Comment #2 | Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 at 12:29 pm
Garrett is a good friend of our family. He has been falsely accused. It's devestated to see such an amazing and successful guy go through this. God has a bigger plan for all of us and I know Garrett is where he is to help those who need to find a positive path in life. You can believe whatever story you want, just know God knows the truth about us all. We continue to pray for Garrett and a cleared name.
Comment Profile ImageGUILTY
Comment #3 | Thursday, Mar 20, 2014 at 3:37 pm
He may have been a good friend, but he hid his other life from you. He must have lied to his parents also.
Apparently there was lots of evidence against him. Thank god he is not allowed to work with kids ever. Instead of praying that his name is cleared, you should be praying for his victim and that Garrett gets help for his sickness.
Comment Profile ImageOnlyGodKnows
Comment #4 | Saturday, Mar 22, 2014 at 10:05 am
Evidence can be conjured up and manipulated. Witnesses can embellish or lie. Only God, the "victim" and Karlin knows the truth. I love how people all of sudden become judge and jury from heresay. He who is without sin, shall cast the first stone.....
Comment Profile ImageNotGuilty
Comment #5 | Tuesday, Apr 8, 2014 at 4:51 pm
I have been a student of Garrett's long enough to know this is untrue. I have been alone with him and have a personal relationship with him. He has never expressed this behavior when it could have easily been repeated. He's innocent and the people who know him will all agree to this. Praying for the day his name is cleared and the child comes clean to these ridiculous accusations.
Comment Profile ImageProven in a court of law
Comment #6 | Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 6:26 pm
This guy was found guilty.....nuff said.

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