Hollingsworth sentenced to 30 years in prison

URBANA — A homeless man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for a sex-related crime.

On Monday, Judge Tom Difanis sentenced Ryan Hollingsworth, 22, whose address was listed as homeless, to 30 years in prison for predatory criminal sexual assault of a child.

Hollingsworth will receive credit for 119 days he has already served.

Assistant States Attorney Stephanie Weber said Hollingsworth faced between six and 60 years in prison for the crime. She had asked that Hollingsworth be given a sentence "on the high end" of the range.

Hollingsworth had pleaded guilty to the charge on March 22. As part of a plea agreement, a second count of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child was dismissed.

According to a police report, Hollingsworth molested two young girls under the ages of 13 who were the children of a woman he knew sometime in April or May 2009.

Champaign County sheriff's investigator Tony Shaw said he arrested Hollingsworth when the man showed up to meet with his probation officer. Hollingsworth was on probation after pleading guilty in March 2011 to criminal sexual abuse, admitting he sexually molested a child in Rantoul between December 2008 and June 2009. He was sentenced to 30 months of probation and was required to register as a sex offender.

Shaw said in early January the girls' mother brought the case to the attention of authorities after the girls made statements to adults that led the adults to believe the children may have been molested on a different occasion.

The mother also contacted Hollingsworth, who admitted to her that he engaged in sex acts with the girls at times when he was looking at pornography on a computer. The acts allegedly occurred at a home in Urbana and another home in Rantoul between April and May 2009.

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Joe American wrote on May 21, 2012 at 11:05 pm

Well, well, well.  I guess he isn't homeless anymore.

jmh910 wrote on May 22, 2012 at 7:05 am

He should've got more than 30 months of probation the first time around.


I don't care if he had no prior record, you abuse a child, prison time should be mandatory. 


Oh well, his fellow inmates will make his prison time memorable to say the least.