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Two men accused of sex with minors

Posted July 31, 2008

— Raleigh police have arrested two men accused of having sex with two teenagers they met through a telephone chat line.

Joshua Vincent Bryant, 30, and Stephen Barnabas Holland Sr., 25, of 7001 Brecken Ridge Ave. in Raleigh, were arrested early Thursday and each face charged with one count of statutory rape and one count of statutory sex offense.

In search warrant affidavits, investigators said the two girls, ages 12 and 15, ran away from their homes in Yadkin County to meet the men. Holland – who, according to the warrant, confessed to the crime – drove more than 100 miles to Yadkin County to bring the girls to Raleigh.

According to the warrant, the sex was consensual.

"There is no such thing as consensual sex if the victim is too young, legally, to give consent," Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue said.

Police found the girls, one of whom had been reported as a runaway, Wednesday night at a Fast Fare convenience store in the 7100 block of Six Forks Road.

Bryant and Holland, who are expected to make their first court appearance Friday, were each in jail Thursday afternoon under a $1 million bond.


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  • haggis basher Aug 1, 2008

    "12 and 15 is not considered too young in other cultures around the world."
    Perhaps, but we and they don't live there.........

  • Tired Of Excuses Jul 31, 2008

    Very disturbing.

  • grenlyn1 Jul 31, 2008


  • I need my medication PLEESSSEEEE Jul 31, 2008

    White American Male. The Only Unprotected Class...

  • motorfinga Jul 31, 2008

    Children can easily lie about thier ages. Period!

    If the girls lied the men should not be prosecuted!

  • iwideopen Jul 31, 2008

    I agree that the guys should be prosecuted and all because of their age. But on the other hand, these girls are not retarded. No one forced these girls to get themselves into this situation and when they wind up a momma at the ripe old age of 13 and 17 respectfully, I bet the old home front will start to look awfully good to them then.

  • mmafighterwife Jul 31, 2008

    Could'nt they find someone close to their own age? Geez, 12 and 15 year old little girls. This is a disturbing case.

  • anneonymousone Jul 31, 2008

    D. Eeeeeeeww.
    E. One of the responsibilities that comes with having power is to not abuse it when interacting with those with less power.
    F. Girls and young women are encouraged by media and other cultural influences to appear hypersexual, but that does not mean they understand the (pretend) power they wield. Many do not have the cognitive skills necessary to understand the abstraction of sexuality. "Cute" may be a concrete idea, but _consequences_ are not.
    G. There are dozens of gross things that would drive a girl and a young woman to seek attention of any sort from (ostensibly) grown men.
    H. Adults are responsible for their actions, regardless of the behavior and appearance of younger people.
    I. Adolescent relationship desires usually focus on being seen as attractive enough, important enough. They are testing their wings. Adults who have sex with adolescents are looking for quick kicks and proof of power. That's not a relationship.
    J. Eeeeeeeww.

  • Straycat350 Jul 31, 2008

    " Hello, I am Chris Hanson from MSNBC's " To Catch a Predator series...", And you being recorded...

  • davidcobb Jul 31, 2008

    i believe if i'm not mistaken they met these girls through the telephone chat line(vibeline livelinks quest chatline) and through my own experiences on it through new york and my new home north carolina the ladies on here lie alot as well as the men. I would suggest this for those that still get on do your research on these people you meet on here use your brain not your privates before you sleep around. Luckily i've havent ran across any ladies that young on the chatline but these girls nowadays are on steriods and act like they on em too grown women bodies at age 11 12 seems like the norm down here and if youre not smart its very easy to get caught up in the mess like these guys did.