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Arraignment of East Union JROTC commander continued
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Retired Lt. Col. Kevin Patrick Holeman, 51, was escorted into the Manteca courthouse early Tuesday afternoon for arraignment on sexual charges involving a 16-year-old female student under the apparent protection of two Sheriff’s deputies.

The East Union High School instructor met his $500,000 bail requirement shortly after being arrested last Tuesday on three felony charges.

Superior Court Judge Franklin Stephenson allowed the arraignment to be continued until Oct. 26 in the Manteca courtroom.  Holeman was instructed by the judge not to make any contact with the victim even through a third party.  He was also required to waive extradition should he leave the state and to agree to a general search clause.

Manteca detectives had conducted an extensive two week investigation into the case at the high school.  Holeman is a retired U.S. Army officer who was hired by the school district to command the East Union High JROTC.

The three felony charges included unlawful intercourse with a minor, harmful material sent to a minor for the purpose of seduction and contact with a minor with sexual intent. He remains free on bail until the continuation of his arraignment in October.

Holeman and his family reside in Sacramento.

Attempted rape

leads to 16 years

in state prison

Jose Vasquez Sanchez, 35, of Hughson, was sentenced to state prison Monday in Stockton Superior Court for a period of 16 years for the violent attempted rape involving a firearm, Ripon Police Lt. Steve Merchant announced Tuesday.

The rape attempt that occurred near the Stanislaus River involved the use of a firearm, Merchant said.  The Stanislaus River bottom is regularly patrolled by Ripon officers on two, four wheel drive quads in search of criminal activity.

Sheriff to test

three body

camera models

Three different types of body cameras will be assigned to Sheriff’s deputies in San Joaquin County beginning today for nearly three month testing period, according to Sheriff’s spokesman Dave Konecny.

Deputies, sergeants and lieutenants have been assigned to test the cameras. The testing will be done in both San Joaquin County as well as within the Lathrop Police Services involving both day and night shifts. The test is being initiated to determine the best fit for future full deployment to deputies within the force. Similar cameras are already in use with the Manteca and Ripon police departments netting positive results.  Without cameras it is often an officer’s word against a suspect’s word to what happened during an arrest.