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Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Investigators with the Internet Crimes Against Children Unit conducted an operation in August 2021, which led to an investigation where forty-four-year-old, Jerry Lee Hollingsworth Jr. of DeFuniak Springs was identified as a suspect.

Hollingsworth Jr. began chatting over social media with an undercover officer posing as a fourteen-year-old juvenile. Numerous search warrants and subpoenas were prepared and served to various social media accounts to positively identify Hollingsworth Jr., which was time-consuming and caused a delay in the arrest.

Hollingsworth Jr. has now been charged with Using a Computer to Seduce, Solicit or Lure a Child and Using a Two-Way Communication Device to Facilitate a Felony.