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Martial arts instructor pleads guilty to sexually exploiting a minor

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BELLEVILLE, IL (KTVI) – A Belleville martial arts instructor has pleaded guilty to charges that he sexually exploited a minor.  Christopher M. Horton, 21, of Highland, sexually abused three of his students and recorded the acts with his iPhone.

Authorities say the incidents happened between May 2012 and February 2013 with three students between the ages of 6 and 10 years old.

Investigators say they found 57 video files containing child pornography on Horton’s cell phone.  Horton reportedly confessed to abusing the children when he was arrested.

Horton pleaded guilty Friday to five counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor and one count of Attempted Sexual Exploitation of a Minor.

Sentencing is set for March, 2014.  Horton could face up to 30 years in prison for each count.