Colorado man convicted of lying to get passport while facing child porn charges

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A southern Colorado man has been convicted of lying get a passport while he was facing child pornography charges, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Denver. 

Ronald Horner, 58, of Huerfano County was convicted in June of making false statements in the application and use of passports. 

Prosecutors said in the summer of 2016, Horner was charged with transporting child pornography. He was released on bond on the condition that he would surrender his passport and would not get another one. 

Then, on August 9, 2016, Horner went to the post office in Walsenburg and submitted an application for a passport. He claimed he had lost his previous passport, saying it was left in a broken suitcase that he had thrown away. 

When Horner got his passport, he traveled through Mexico, South America, and Trinidad and Tobago, according to prosecutors. A special agent found Horner in Trinidad and Tobago, took his passport, and sent him back to America.

When he returned, he was convicted of transporting child porn and sentenced to 154 months in prison. 

On Friday, he was sentenced to 27 months in federal prison, followed by three years on supervised release, for lying about his passport. He will serve the two sentences consecutively. 

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