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Federal Jury Finds Jacksonville Man Guilty Of Aggravated Sexual Abuse By Force

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Florida

Jacksonville, FL– A federal jury today found Brian James Holland (23, Jacksonville) guilty of aggravated sexual abuse by force. Holland faces a maximum penalty of life imprisonment and a potential lifetime of supervision. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for October 22, 2018.

According to evidence presented at trial, a passenger with an intellectual disability, aboard the Carnival Cruise Line vessel, Elation, reported an incident of sexual abuse by force on February 27, 2018. The victim stated that she was in the cruise ship’s hot tub when Holland repeatedly attempted to put his arm around her and she attempted to move further away from him. Holland then tried to put his hand on her shoulder and pull her back towards him. Two passengers that were in the hot tub at the time of the incident corroborated the victim’s claim.

The victim stated that Holland touched her genitals over, and under her bathing suit, digitally penetrating her by force. The victim then left the hot tub and reported the incident to her family, who reported it to ship security. An examination of the victim by the ship’s medical personnel revealed abrasions on the victim’s genitals consistent with digital penetration by force. 

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Ashley Washington and Jay Taylor.

Updated July 19, 2018