A martial arts instructor that lives in Highland but who taught in Belleville has pleaded guilty to five counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor. He is accused of engaging in sex acts with children in Madison and St. Clair Counties. Investigators say 20-year-old Christopher M. Horton recorded himself engaged in sexual activity with three students between the ages of 6 and 10 dating back to May of last year.
He also attempted to engage a fourth child in sexually explicit conduct, which resulted in the Attempted Sexual Exploitation of a Minor charge. He is looking at a sentence ranging from 10 to 30 years on each of the the federal charges. Sentencing is scheduled for March 7, 2014.