WICHITA FALLS - At a sentencing hearing held Tuesday morning in federal court in Wichita Falls, Texas, U.S. District Judge Reed C. O'Connor departed upwards from the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and sentenced Prentice Hollingsworth, 37, of Wichita Falls, to 72 months in federal prison and a lifetime of supervised release for failing to register as a sex offender, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas. The Court granted the government's motion for upward departure which noted Hollingsworth's serious criminal history, including five convictions for sex offenses and/or sex-related crimes.
Documents filed in the case claim Hollingsworth was convicted of first degree rape in Clark County, Washington, in 1996, and as required, registered as a sex offender in accordance with the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA). He again registered in November 2011, when he was released from prison in Washington. However, in January 2012, Hollingsworth moved from Washington to Wichita Falls, and failed to notify the state of Washington that he was leaving and failed to notify the state of Texas that he had set up a temporary residence in Wichita Falls.
Under the SORNA, Hollingsworth was required to not only register as a sex offender, but was also required to keep the registration current in at least each of the following jurisdictions: where he resides, where he is an employee, and where he is a student.
The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice, to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims.
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The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Marshals Service.