Judge informs Salem man of rights prior to release

LISBON – A Salem man previously sentenced to 11 years in prison for raping a 13-year-old mentally impaired boy in a restroom made a brief appearance in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court on Friday.

Eric S. Holsinger, 52, was informed by Judge Scott Washam of his post release control rights. Washam told Holsinger he can expect to be on post release control for five years after he is released, and if he violates the terms of that probation, he can be sentenced to up to one half the prison term he is currently serving.

The appearance was necessitated after the Seventh District Court of Appeals upheld Holsinger’s conviction, but determined Washam had not informed him of his post release control rights during the sentencing hearing which was held in September 2013.

Following the hearing, Holsinger did not seem to understand what Washam had told him and his defense attorney Doug King was heard explaining it to him again.

At the hearing last September, Holsinger had pleaded to two counts of rape involving his actions in a restroom at the Salem Memorial Building during a community dinner which is known as The Banquet. The boy and his family were attending the dinner and were said to have known Holsinger prior to the assault.