Football star tweets 'I'm celibate' after posting bond on sex charges

Arthur Denson-Holmes (left) and NFL player Jarriel Q. King. (Source: Charleston County Detention Center)
Arthur Denson-Holmes (left) and NFL player Jarriel Q. King. (Source: Charleston County Detention Center)

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A former University of South Carolina football star posted on Twitter, "I'm celibate," after posting bond on charges he sexually assaulted a woman in North Charleston.

Jarriel King, 24, and 26-year-old Arthur Denson-Holmes were arrested in February, but details of the case against the men were first reported yesterday after an anonymous tip to Live 5 News.

When reached for comment on Tuesday afternoon, King said, "No comment right now, until I get things situated."

North Charleston police say the alleged sexual assault happened Feb. 26 at a townhouse on Lake Palmetto Lane where King was staying.

"Whenever it's a high profile case, these kinds of things happen, it gets in the news, and then it gets a lot more publicity than a case where it's not a high profile person," said Melonea Marek, director of the organization People Against Rape.

According to an incident report, King and Holmes were drinking liquor and smoking marijuana with the alleged victim. The report states they went to a nightclub, went back to the townhouse and continued drinking and smoking pot.

The 25-year-old woman said she felt dizzy and laid down on a bed, and was sexually assaulted by the two men, even though she tried to get them to stop.

King and Holmes were charged with third degree criminal sexual conduct.

"It doesn't matter what degree the law says it is, it's all still sexual assault, it's still rape and the victim is innocent and it's not their fault this happened," Marek said.

King and Holmes were freed after each posted a $25,000 bond.

"I'm disappointed in that bond, I think the bond should have been higher, but I'm not the judge and so they have the right to make that decision," said Marek.

As part of the bond conditions King and Holmes were ordered to stay away from their alleged victim.

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