16 years later, serial rapist jailed; Santa Fe victim speaks out

Created: 04/23/2014 10:47 PM
By: Caleb James, KOB Eyewitness News 4

She was only 16 years old when she was attacked by a serial rapist.

Almost 20 years later, Kelley Hollingsworth's attacker -- Toby Griego -- is behind bars.

On April 15, Griego was convicted of raping four other women in Montana.

Over the 16 years since her attack, Hollingsworth has refused to let it destroy her, and with Griego convicted of crimes eerily similar to what he did to her, she's now speaking out.

"It was homecoming," Hollingsworth said.

In 1997, Hollingsworth was 16.

She was sitting in her car outside a homecoming party when Toby Griego changed everything.

"He put a knife to my head and said 'Shut up, all I want is your car,'" said Hollingsworth. "He tore my clothes off, he sexually assaulted me, he tied me up with some of my clothes."

Griego used bottled water to wash Kelley's body.

Then, he drove her back to that neighborhood where party was, in the trunk of the car.

When she told Santa Fe Police, they didn't believe her story, and thought she was covering for a boy at the party.

But cops would later catch Griego after he tried to assault another woman.

"They opened his trunk and found my stuff," she said. "That's when I think they really started paying attention."

Griego got eight years for several assaults, and burglaries.

In jail, he confessed to raping Hollingsworth.

With a plea deal, it got him an extra year in jail.

He went to Montana after his release -- last Monday he was convicted of raping four women there.

"Every sexual assault, he gets wiser," she said.

Griego even washed those afterward, just like Hollingsworth.

"Listening to the victims stories; it's my story all over again," she said.

But Hollingsworth's story is unique, for one big reason.

"I made it an absolute point not to be a victim," she said. 

Kelley Hollingsworth is now Dr. Kelley Ryals.

She married her high school sweetheart and followed a life long dream to become a dentist. She's also a captain the National Guard.

"It's because of this," she said.

Something she says she may never have done without a supportive mother and a reason to fight.

"If it wasn't, I don't know if I'd have the drive to do all this," she said.

To those women in Montana, to anyone else who's been wronged, she has a message:

"When you try to deal with it yourself, you're not going to be able to," she said. "Find support any way you can."

Kelley has used her experience to help other women too -- she's volunteered for the Santa Fe Rape Crisis Center for many years.

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