Sex Abuse Trial Underway

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Thu, January 24 2013 at 4:29 PM, Updated: Thu, January 24 2013 at 4:38 PM

Opening arguments are made in the case of a Klamath County School teacher charged with sexual abuse...

51 Year old Rick Lynn Hollenbeak is accused of molesting a 14 year old female relative.

Klamath County Deputy District Attorney Sharon Forster:  "She kind of went to sleep, or he thought she was asleep - and he put his hands down her pants.  Put his hands down her pants, kind of undid her belt, the zipper came down - she remembers him having his hands down her pants."

The defense claims the alleged victim was upset that Hollenbeak tried to break up a relationship between her and her boyfriend...

Defense Attorney Peter Richard:  "Very upset about us being broken up by Mr. Hollenbeak.  She wanted to get even with him, so we got together and we decided to play the rape card."

The sexual abuse is alleged to have taken place between 2005 and 2008.

The alleged victim in the case is now 18 years of age.

Hollenbeak has been on unpaid leave from the Klamath County School District for the past year.

About the Author

Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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