Palm Coast Man, 23, Accused of Sexually Assaulting Two Teen Girls at Long Creek Preserve
FlaglerLive | April 14, 2016
Last Updated: Friday, 4:12 p.m., with additional details.
Christopher Hollinger, 23, of 43 Forsythe Lane, is at the Flagler County Jail on $270,000 bond on seven charges related to the alleged drugging and brutal sexual assaults of two girls, 14 and 15, on March 15. According to his arrest report, the assaults took place near Palm Harbor Parkway, in the area of the Long Creek Preserve, a park with many isolated nooks across the water from the old Yacht Club. Hollinger lives a short distance from there.
Hollinger is charged with five counts of lewd and lascivious battery, or statutory rape, on a victim over 12 but less than 16, and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to a sheriff’s release. (The county jail had incorrectly listed two of the charges as sex battery on a victim younger than 12.) The original arrest report listed four charges. The court docket lists seven.
“Both victims gave full, detailed disclosures of the events during interviews with [a member] of the Child Protection Team and stated that they repeatedly asked Christopher to stop while he was attacking them,” Hollinger’s heavily censored arrest report states. “Both victims positively identified the suspect’s photo when presented with a photo array.”
The alleged attacks took place around 2 a.m. on March 15, a Tuesday, according to the arrest report. The two girls had snuck out of their house and gone for a bike ride. They went to the docks at the preserve and “were hanging out” there, the arrest report states, when Hollinger arrived at the park, driving a silver gray sedan. (Hollinger has no arrest record in Flagler County, but last August he was stopped and cited for not having proof of insurance. He was driving a silver-colored 2004 Oldsmobile.)
On Friday, the sheriff’s office released additional details that indicate that after meeting the girls, Hollinger told them he would go to his house to get some liquor and return to drink with them. He was gone five to 10 minutes before returning with a bottle of Jack Daniels whiskey. The girls told a deputy they drank about half a bottle between them but did not notice Hollinger drinking much, suggesting that he may have been consciously impairing their judgment.
Eventually, Hollinger, according to the incident report, asked one of the girls to give him five minutes alone with the other girl, but the girl wouldn’t accept.
After a while one of the girls agreed to go for a walk on a nearby trail with Hollinger. By then, the girls told the deputy, they were “both heavily intoxicated and felt as if they were drugged.”
Once on the trail, he allegedly pulled the girl’s pants down and raped her anally even as “she begged him to stop,” the incident report states. He then turned her around and allegedly raped her vaginally. At some point the second girl rejoined Hollinger and her friend. The report indicates that Hollinger allegedly continuously used force, pulling down one of the girls to the ground and forcing both of them to perform oral sex on him.
At one point, the report states, he turned his attention to one of the girls as the other was “vomiting after performing oral sex on him.” As he was allegedly raping her, one of the girls told police that “she was so weak that she could not get him off of her.”
The girls could partially identify the car their assailant was driving as he left the scene. The girls then returned home on their bikes, but did not initially speak of the incident. “When I asked why the delay in reporting, they advised that they were scared,” the deputy’s incident report states. “Both girls eventually confided in their mothers and advised them what had taken place.”
The incident report concludes: “At this time there is no physical evidence that this occurred due to the time delay and all the clothing had been washed.” At the time the incident report was drafted–distinct from the arrest report–Hollinger had not yet been arrested. The report summarizes the initial interviews with the girls or their parents on April 5. “Both victims refused victims’ advocates to respond,” the report continued. The case was then turned over to detectives. He was arrested at the Island Walk Shopping Plaza.
On his Facebook page, where he goes by “Dc Hollinger,” he lists his employment as a grill cook at McDonald’s and dishwasher at Denny’s and JT’s Seafood Shack. A former Matanzas High School student, he is the brother of Dalton Coxwell, the 9th grader who three years ago committed suicide at the same house where Hollinger lives.