A USAF officer was arrested in Colorado Springs after approaching a woman at a Colorado Springs mall and asking her to pose nude, not knowing she too was an Air Force officer.
According to The Gazette, 37-year-old Major Martin Luther Horner was visiting the area on April 13th when he met the woman (who was dressed in civilian clothes), propositioning for her to get paid over $100 if she did “sexy stuff” in a photo shoot.
The 20-year-old female airman had initially said that she was twenty years of age, though later redacted her statement and said she was only sixteen. Despite the possibility of her being a minor, Horne persisted in trying to get her to partake in amateur pornography.
The female airman then set up a time and place to meet with Horner, exchanging numbers in the process. Immediately after, the female notified the police.
Two other alleged cases also came to light before Horne was taken into custody at an adult store the next day, with the victims aged 16 and 20, respectively.
While Colorado Springs PD believe they have all the victims, the request that anyone who thinks they were contacted by Horne between April 12-14 to call 719-444-7729.
Horne joined the USAF in 2005 and is stationed out of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. The day after his arrest, he posted a $5,000 bond and is accused of sexual exploitation.
Police advise parents to speak to their adolescents concerning the dangers of being exploited.
“Anyone approaching a child without a parent present, that is offering modeling jobs, by default is going to be suspicious,” said CSPD Sergeant Joel Kern. “They’re obviously going to prey on a young teenage girl’s dreams of becoming a model and then manipulate them in that way.”
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