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3:30 PM Sun, Nov. 18th

Judge grants hearing for former juvenile officer

PRESCOTT – At what had been scheduled as a sentencing, Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Janis Sterling granted the request of Former Juvenile Detention Officer Michael Hollingsworth for a pre-sentence hearing.

On Aug. 17 Hollingsworth pleaded guilty to one count of child prostitution and one count of solicitation to commit bribery of public servant, both Class 6 felonies.

He also pleaded guilty to a Class 1 misdemeanor of contributing to delinquency of a child in connection with a June 10 incident involving two underage inmates.

Prescott police arrested Hollingsworth after Director of Juvenile Detention Services Scott Mabery reported to police that one of his employees had made inappropriate sexual advances at a juvenile in custody at the detention center.

Mabery said that he immediately placed Hollings-worth on paid administrative leave and then "I asked human resources to switch it to unpaid.

"We pursued that as soon as we've opened the criminal process," he said.

Mabery said that Hollingsworth resigned on June 25, four days after he called police.

During the Aug. 17 hearing, Hollingsworth said that he was transporting the victim from a Cottonwood family drug treatment facility to Prescott when he propositioned the minor to expose her breasts in exchange for candy, soda and cigarettes.

He said he stopped twice along the road for her to do that and then he also asked her to drop her pants.

He said that on June 10, he was transporting the victim and another female inmate and while in his custody he encouraged the girls to expose their breasts and told them they wouldn't get in trouble.

Sterling set Hollings-worth's pre-sentence hearing for 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 4.

At that time, Hollings-worth's friends, acquaintances and family will speak on his behalf before Sterling imposes the sentence.