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Fort Worth Man is Sentenced to Nearly 19 Years in Federal Prison for Using Internet to Download Child Pornography

June 25, 2012

FORT WORTH, Texas — Richard William Horton, 67, of Fort Worth, Texas, was sentenced on Friday by U.S. District Judge John McBryde to 225 months in federal prison and a lifetime of supervised release, following his guilty plea in March 2012 to one count of receipt of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

According to documents filed in the case, Horton admitted that in 2009, he downloaded images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct from the Internet. Horton has been in federal custody since his arrest in January 2012 on charges outlined in an indictment returned in December 2011.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice, to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit For more information about internet safety education, please visit and click on the tab "resources.".

The investigation was conducted by the Fort Worth Police Department and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew J. Gulde was in charge of the prosecution.






















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