Sour Lake man sentenced for child pornography charges

Sour Lake man sentenced for child pornography charges

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

Robert Emmet Horn, of Sour Lake, pleaded guilty 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.