A Texas high school athlete remained in custody Wednesday, accused of sexually assaulting two children, at least one of whom was under the age of 6, authorities said.
Zachary Holifield, 17, was being held on $600,000 bail following his arrest June 20, according to the Collin County Sheriff’s Office.
Holifield was facing multiple felony charges: two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and one count of indecency with a child by sexual contact, online records showed.
The charges stem from allegations that he assaulted two children that he knew through the day care that his mother operated, a spokesman for the Plano Police Department told the Dallas News.
Police told KXAS that one of the victims is now 5 years old; the probable cause affidavit claims the alleged abuse began when she was 3 years old.
The victim told investigators that the suspect would pick her up and take her to the bathroom where she was forced to perform a sex act on him. The girl allegedly said “she probably should not have told about Zach because it was supposed to be a secret.”
On Tuesday, Holifield’s attorney released a statement.
“Zach is, just like every citizen accused of a crime in this country, innocent until if proven guilty in a court of law,” Pete Schulte said. “The fact that Zach has been charged in these cases mean nothing more. The information, as written by Plano PD investigators, is not what it appears to be.”
Family and friends said the alleged crimes were completely out of character for Holifield.
In April, Holifield verbally committed to play baseball at Oklahoma State University, according to FieldLevel. The pitcher was preparing for his senior season at Plano Senior High School.