Two former North Carolina teachers had their licenses revoked by the state following convictions for arrests.
Updated licensure discipline records show licensure auto-revocations for former Cary elementary teacher Chip Anthony Hollingsworth and former Franklin County school employee Jeremy Crawford.
Hollingsworth’s revocation was issued in June of 2021, four months after his conviction date. Crawford’s in October of 2021, around eight months after he was convicted and sentenced.
In August of 2018, Chip Anthony Hollingsworth, then age 39, was arrested following a joint investigation by local law enforcement and the FBI.
At the time of his arrest, Hollingsworth faced 18 counts of second-degree exploitation of a minor. Arrest documents show he was in possession of at least 18 videos of children between the ages of 5 and 12 performing sexual acts.
Hollingsworth pleaded guilty to 11 counts on Feb. 18, 2021, and was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison. He is currently incarcerated in the Jessup federal corrections institution in Georgia. The tentative release date for Hollingsworth is Nov. 11, 2028.
Sentencing documents say Hollingsworth is to pay a special assessment of $1,100 and $1,000 to each of four partially anonymized victims listed by the court. Following his future release, probation will last 10 years on Count 1 and a term of 10 years on Counts 2 through 11, all such terms to run concurrently
Upon release, Hollingsworth will also be required to register as a sex offender along with additional related requirements such as a psycho-sexual mental evaluation, sex offender therapy, and he can have no contact of any kind with anyone under the age of 18 without parental consent. Read the full sentencing document.
In April of 2019, Jeremy Ward Crawford, then age 37, was charged with 10 counts of first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor upon turning himself in at the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.
The arrest was the result of a joint investigation by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation Computer Crimes Division.
Crawford was convicted on Mar. 29, 2021, of three counts of third degree sexual exploitation of a minor and he was required to register as a sex offender for a ten-year period beginning Apr. 1, 2021.
Neither federal nor state inmate locator tools list Crawford as a current inmate.