YouTuber gets probation for cyberstalking from Arizona AG office

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Chauncey Hollingberry has garnered a following on YouTube for recording her interactions with officials in Arizona. But prosecutors say his actions went too far.

PHOENIX – A so-called “First Amendment auditor” who built a following on YouTube by provoking government officials across Arizona has been sentenced to five years probation for starting a harassment campaign against the office of the Attorney General of Arizona.

Chauncey Hollingberry, 35, recently pleaded guilty to one count of cyberstalking for posting videos on YouTube targeting one of Mark Brnovich’s employees and encouraging his followers to harass them.

The situation began in 2018 after a complaint was filed against a video Hollingberry had uploaded involving the AG’s office.

By this time, Hollingberry had amassed several followers online for posting videos of himself performing “audits” at various schools, police departments and government buildings. The videos typically capture Hollingberry being told to stop filming inside a building, with Hollingberry objecting and mocking annoyed security guards.

“Are you a snowflake? Don’t smash me snowflake,” Hollingberry can be heard saying in a 2019 video recorded inside the Phoenix Veterans Building.

Hollingberry’s YouTube account reflects a social movement known as “First Amendment Auditing,” which typically involves an individual testing their constitutional rights by filming themselves in public spaces. Some see these troublemakers as political activists, others accuse them of being confrontational agitators.

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The videos that brought Hollingberry to federal court began with footage from police-worn cameras depicting employees of the AG office, according to public records. Police were responding to an intrusion call involving the accused.

After the body camera footage was uploaded to YouTube, a lawsuit was filed to remove it because it contained private information of AG office employees.

In retaliation, Hollingberry began targeting a specific agency employee by posting videos – one titled “War on the Attorney General’s Office” – that mentioned the woman by name. Court records show Hollingberry would ask his followers to help him find the woman’s home address and send marijuana to his office.

“No matter how much money or how long it takes, I’m killing this bitch,” the defendant said in one of his videos, according to court records.

Federal prosecutors said Hollingberry also sent several emails to staff at the AG’s office suggesting they had nude photos of the employee and accusing her of being a drug addict.

The defendant filmed himself filling out public records requests to obtain the woman’s work emails and threatened to sue her for filing a privacy complaint with YouTube.

“I do all that [expletive] day and I will [expletive] your life if you keep doing this,” the defendant said in one of his videos.

As a result of the harassment, the victim had to be assigned a security guard and she limited her movements in public for fear of running into the accused, according to court records.

Criminal charges were filed against Hollingberry in 2020 and he eventually pleaded guilty to one count of cyberstalking. He was sentenced last week to 60 months probation after serving 26 months in pretrial detention.

While on probation, Hollingberry is prohibited from contacting the victim and his internet use will be restricted.

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