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Suspect who fled to Uruguay sentenced in Great Falls on child porn charge

Posted: 11/30/2017 13:15:00 -07:00 Updated:

Ronald Ray Horner was sentenced on Thursday in federal court in Great Falls for transportation of child pornography. 

U.S. District Court Judge Brian Morris sentenced Horner to 154 months (12.8 years) in prison, followed by seven years of supervised release.

On April 6, 2017, Horner was found guilty by a jury following a two-day trial. 

In her trial brief, Assistant U.S. Attorney Cyndee Peterson stated that on March 24, 2014, Ronald Horner was travelling north on I-15 and crossed the Coutts, Alberta border crossing into Canada.  Horner was sent to secondary inspection because he was acting suspiciously.  During secondary inspection, Canada Border Services agents inspected a Toshiba laptop computer belonging to Horner.  On the laptop were over 200 video and image files depicting child pornography. 

The examiner also located Horner’s search history which showed Horner purposely sought out child pornography on the laptop.  The files included depictions of prepubescent children being sexually assaulted by adults.The average age of the children depicted is 5-8 year of age, but some children were as young as 2 or 3 years of age, according to court documents.

Horner was indicted by a federal Grand Jury on May 4, 2016.  His trial was originally scheduled to commence on October 17, 2016, and Horner was released on conditions pending his trial including electronic monitoring. 

On September 2, 2016, Horner cut his ankle bracelet (electronic monitoring) and left an apparent suicide note at his residence in Colorado. He then crossed the border into Mexico, and boarded a flight to Chile the next day. On September 4, 2016, he boarded a connecting flight to Uruguay. On September 6, 2016, an arrest warrant was issued.

On February 21, 2017, authorities in Trinidad detained Horner as he attempted to board a flight to travel to Canada.

Horner's attorney has filed a motion to appeal.

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