East athletic trainer indicted on child sex charges

Jesse Earl Holmes

A Victoria East High School athletic trainer arrested on two counts of sexual assault of a child in October was indicted Thursday on the charges.

Jesse Earl Holmes, 31, of Victoria, was arrested Oct. 11 after the mother of a 15-year-old student at East reported Holmes possibly had sex with her daughter, according to the complaint filed by Justice of the Peace Robert Whitaker, Precinct 3.

Holmes bonded out of the Victoria County Jail on Oct. 27.

Diane Boyett, spokeswoman for Victoria ISD, said Holmes has not worked for the district since he was arrested in October.

Victoria County District Attorney Stephen Tyler said he was not sure whether state law prevents school districts from hiring Holmes since he has been indicted, but added that most school districts have their own policies about the matter.

"It is the practice of Victoria ISD that we will not hire anyone who is currently under a felony indictment," Boyett said, also adding that an indictment will register during routine background checks.

Holmes had been a trainer at the high school since 2010. According to the report, Holmes admitted to the officers that he had sex with the student on two occasions.