KINGSPORT – A joint investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Kingsport Police Department has resulted in the indictment of two men on rape charges.

In March, at the request of 2nd District Attorney General Barry Staubus, TBI Special Agents joined the Kingsport Police Department in investigating allegations of a sexual assault involving a 17-year-old female. During the course of the investigation, authorities discovered that on February 24, 2018, Josiah T. Hilser (DOB 05/20/1999) and Carter C. Holt (DOB 10/19/1999) sexually assaulted the victim at a residence in Kingsport.

Last week, the Sullivan County Grand Jury returned indictments charging both Hilser and Holt in connection to the incident. Hilser, below left, is charged with two counts of Rape, one count of Tampering with Evidence, and one count of Especially Aggravated Sexual Exploitation of a Minor. Holt, below right, is charged with one count of Rape and one count of Especially Aggravated Sexual Exploitation of a Minor. On Wednesday, Hilser turned himself in and was booked into the Sullivan County Jail on a $75,000 bond. Today, Holt turned himself in and was booked into the Sullivan County Jail on a $35,000 bond.