Gulfport man sentenced in sexual battery of a child case
A Gulfport man was sentenced to 40 years in prison during a hearing in Stone County after pleading guilty to two counts of sexual battery of a child.
Judge Randi P. Mueller sentenced Joshua David Hollon, 37, of Gulfport to 40 years but suspended 10 of those years. Hollon will serve the 30 years without chance of early release or parole.
After his release from prison, Hollon will serve 10 years of post-release supervision.
“A joint investigation involving the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office and the Gulfport Police Department began on May 14, 2020, when Hancock County investigators responded to a complaint of sexual battery on a 14-year-old child by a close family member,” said ADA Chris Daniel.
“The allegations involved incidents in Gulfport and Hancock County. A forensic interview was conducted at Hope Haven Child Advocacy Center in Waveland, where details were provided by the child that led to the collection of forensic, digital, and DNA evidence directly supporting the child’s statements.”
The victim provided a written statement to Mueller, who then addressed Hollon, calling the facts of the case the most disturbing she’d seen in her time on the bench.
“The details, length of time, and things you did are inexcusable. I can’t imagine how they will impact her life now and in the future. Hopefully, she will recover,” Mueller said. “You were in a position of trust, you were there to protect her; instead, you inflicted the most unspeakable harm on this child, and you made her feel it was her fault. It was not her fault.”