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Texas Attorney General's Fugitive Unit Arrests Sex Offender Who Assumed His Dead Brother's Identity

MCKINNEY Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s Fugitive Unit arrested convicted sex offender Robert Miles Hollingsworth, 49, for violating his parole conditions and failing to comply with sex offender registration requirements.

Yesterday’s arrest in Plano stems from Hollingsworth’s 1995 Nacogdoches County conviction for burglarizing a home with the intent to commit a sexual assault. The victim was a 19-year-old female.

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Robert Miles Hollingsworth

Fugitive Unit investigators discovered that Robert Hollingsworth a fugitive since 2003 obtained a Texas driver’s license in 2005 using his deceased brother’s identity. Since then, the defendant has been living in the Dallas area and claiming to be Leo Alan Hollingsworth, who died 10 years ago in an auto accident in Scotland. In 2009, Robert Hollingsworth renewed his driver’s license again using his deceased brother’s information.

A fingerprint comparison confirmed Robert Hollingsworth’s true identity. The Fugitive Unit arrested him and booked him into the Collin County Jail for violating mandatory parole requirements. Robert Hollingsworth also had an outstanding warrant issued by Harris County for failing to comply with sex offender registration requirements.

Attorney General Abbott’s Fugitive Unit works with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and other law enforcement agencies to locate and arrest sex offenders who have violated parole or failed to comply with sex offender registration requirements. Parole violations include failing to report to parole officers or being present in areas that might allow them access to young children. Since operations began in August 2003, the Fugitive Unit has arrested more than 1,000 fugitives.

To find out more about Attorney General Abbott’s efforts to crack down on sex predators, visit the attorney general’s website at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov or call (800) 252-8011.