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Catskill man faces federal child porn charges

June 6, 2019 06:08 pm

CATSKILL — A Greene County man is facing federal charges after he allegedly abused a young girl sexually to make child pornography, according to court documents.

Ronald Horton, 21, of Catskill, was charged Wednesday by the U.S. Attorney’s Office with sexual exploitation of a child, under the U.S. Code. The investigation was carried out by special agents with the Department of Homeland Security Investigations.

Horton took photographs and made videos and saved them on his computer, according to court papers.

Horton was arrested after his home on Route 32 in Catskill was raided Wednesday by Homeland Security, state police and local police.

Horton was arraigned in U.S. District Court in Schenectady on Wednesday. Horton and the alleged victim knew each other, according to federal investigators. Columbia-Greene Media does not identify alleged victims of sex crimes.

Federal investigators received a cyber tip on April 1 that Horton had images and videos saved on his micro-blogging and social networking website Tumblr and iCloud accounts, according to court records

Horton allegedly used a girl under age five to perform sexually explicit acts and record them in photos and videos.

Horton waived his Miranda rights before admitting his crimes to investigators when they questioned him about the photos and videos at the state police barracks in Catskill, according to court papers.

“During the course of the interview Horton identified the victim depicted in the videos,” according to the court documents. “Horton further stated that he took the videos of the victim at an address in Schenectady, New York approximately one year ago, and he identified the room within the residence that the videos were produced.”

A gold ring was seized from Horton’s residence, which he admitted is the ring he wore in the video, according to court documents.

Police were able to identify Horton in the videos because of his distinctive thick gold rings he was seen wearing in several photos posted to Facebook, according to court documents.

Horton will be provided a public defender. The U.S. Attorney’s Office requested that Horton not be released from federal custody because he is both a flight risk and a danger to the community. He is due back in court on Thursday for a detention hearing. He remains in federal custody pending the hearing.

To reach reporter Amanda Purcell, call 518-828-1616 ext. 2500, or send an email to apurcell@thedailymail.net, or tweet to @amandajpurcell.