See Holland’s arrest reports below article
A Melbourne man dodged a bullet back in November 2010. The nine sex charges against him could have sent him away for many years. He would have been registered as a sex offender for life. But Brevard prosecutors agreed to drop the sex charges in return for his “guilty” plea on a felony battery charge.
On January 10, 2012, Ryan Holland was arrested again for soliciting sex from a minor on the internet. One of fifty people hooked up in Operation Cardea, an F.D.L.E. internet sting based in Seminole County, Holland allegedly violated his probation and scored new charges for solicitation of a child and resisting arrest. Holland thought he was having a sex chat with a fourteen year-old girl. But he was talking to a cop – a member of a multi-agency team posing as children on the net, in order to draw out predators living in our neighborhoods.
Brevard County Sheriffs arrested Holland in September 2010 on four counts of Lewd Battery and five counts of Lewd Molestation. He admitted to having intercourse with a thirteen year-old girl who consented to the activity. Holland was age eighteen at the time.
According to the complaint, the sex took place in Holland’s bedroom, in the presence of another thirteen year-old girl and a seventeen year-old boy. “He had been involved with a group of teens that he knew from school.” says Assistant State Attorney Julia Lynch, “His relationship with the victim stemmed directly from that group of friends.”
Holland’s youth and his lack of a criminal record factored heavily in the decision to drop the 2010 sex charges. The victim reportedly referred to Holland as her “boyfriend”.
Lynch defended the decision in a statement to The Guardian January 24th: “Due to the issues of consent, alcohol consumption, and admitted lies told to parents, the case was resolved with a felony disposition.”
Lynch is Chief of the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Division in Brevard County. “The decision was made with the concurrence of the case agent and the victim’s parent,” she said. Holland was sentenced to serve three years on probation and to pay a $1,000 dollar fine.
He is being held without bond in the Brevard County Jail on one count of Computer Solicitation of a Child, and Violation of State Probation. Police collared him at his Melbourne home without incident, after FDLE agents identified Holland through his IP address. Since he was in violation of his probation, it was not necessary to have him travel to Seminole County in order to make an arrest.
According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Holland asked the imaginary teen to answer the door in the nude. The arrest report says he asked the decoy to perform oral sex and have intercourse with him. The communications took place in a chat room called “Teen-Chat.org”
Holland’s 2010 Arrest Report Holl_2010
Holland’s 2012 Arrest Report Holland Affidavit (2)