Former Schoolteacher From Cary, Chip Hollingsworth Sentenced to 12 Years On Child Pornography Charges
NEW BERN, N.C (STL.News) Chip Hollingsworth of Cary, North Carolina, was sentenced to 144 months in prison after pleading guilty to eleven counts charging receipt and possession of child pornography.
According to court documents and statements made in court, in summer 2018, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was conducting an undercover investigation on the chat and file sharing platform called, “Gigatribe.” On August 6, 2018, an unknown user contacted the undercover investigator, transmitted child pornography, and requested images of 10-12-year-old boys in recorded conversations. After obtaining account information from Gigatribe and an internet service provider, law enforcement identified the user as the defendant Chip Hollingsworth at a residence in Cary, North Carolina. Law enforcement further determined that Hollingsworth had been employed as an elementary school teacher.
On August 20, 2018, members of the FBI and Cary Police Department executed a federal search warrant at Hollingsworth’s residence. He agreed to be interviewed and admitted to having a Gigatribe account, with which he obtained, viewed, and shared child pornography.
Officers seized multiple electronic devices and conducted a forensic examination.