Mark Allen Horton, DOB: 6-26-85 appeared in Jefferson County District Court on February 8 where he was sentenced to ten years in prison for sexual exploitation of a 14-year-old female. Horton also provided methamphetamine to the teen.
On May, 9 2016 the teen’s mother went to the Lakewood Police Department with concerns that her daughter was involved in sexual activity with older men in exchange for methamphetamine. She had discovered disturbing photos on the teen’s phone.
Lakewood’s investigation revealed that the teen met Mark Horton on social media when she was looking for marijuana. They talked briefly before Horton drove to her house, picked her up, and then drove to a hotel in Lakewood. At the hotel he provided the teen with methamphetamine and they engaged in sexual conduct. During this encounter Horton contacted several people on social media, all of whom who were strangers to him, and invited them to the hotel to engage in sexual activity with him and the teen.
Similar group sexual encounters occurred several times in the weeks that followed. The young teen told police that Horton was like her “pimp”, that he took care of her and made sure she had what she needed.
In addition to having sexual contact with the teen, Horton took and sent sexually graphic photos of the her.
“This devastating conduct deserves nothing less than a lengthy prison sentence. Horton got her addicted to Methamphetamine and manipulated her,” said District Attorney Pete Weir. “These are very difficult cases, with complex victim issues. The Lakewood Police Department did an outstanding job bringing justice to this predator.”
On November 28, 2017 Horton pled guilty to Distribution of a Controlled Substance to a Minor (DF1) and Sexual Exploitation of a Child (F3).
The filing of a criminal charge is merely a formal accusation that an individual has committed a crime(s). A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. See Colo. RPC 3.6.