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HARDIN COUNTY MAN SENTENCED FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 08, 2011

BEAUMONT, Texas — A 45-year-old Sour Lake, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for child pornography violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Robert Emmet Horn pleaded guilty on Nov. 22, 2010 to possession of child pornography and was sentenced to 80 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone. 

According to information presented in court, on Feb. 12, 2010, law enforcement officers executed a federal search warrant at horn's sour Lake residence and seized a personal computer and two laptop computers.  A forensic analysis of the computers revealed over 1,000 images of child pornography, some of which depicted minors engaged in sadistic, masochistic, or violent sexual acts, and some depicted children less than 12 years of age engaged in sexually explicit conduct.   A federal grand jury returned an indictment on Oct. 29, 2010 charging Horn with child pornography violations.

This case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

This case was investigated by the Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher T. Tortorice.

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