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Investigation of AF officer who asked teens to 'model' suggests more sex charges possible

Air Force Maj. Martin Horne was arrested in Colorado Springs, Colo., after asking young women at local malls to pose as nude models.

COLORADO SPRINGS POLICE DEPARTMENT

By KAITLIN DURBIN | The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.) Tribune News Service | Published: April 27, 2016

An Air Force officer arrested on suspicion of sexual exploitation approached a woman shopping at a Colorado Springs mall earlier this month and asked her to pose nude for his modeling website, not knowing that she, too, was an Air Force officer, according to his arrest affidavit obtained Wednesday.

Maj. Martin Luther Horne, 37, was visiting the area April 13 when he met the woman, who initially told him she was 20, but later told him she was actually 16 years old, the affidavit said. Horne wasn't phased, and said that he'd pay her more than $100 if she did "sexy stuff" in a photo shoot, the affidavit said.

The female Air Force officer was not in uniform when she met Horne, the affidavit said. They exchanged numbers and arranged to meet at a Colorado Springs hotel to do a photo shoot.

The female officer contacted Colorado Springs police to assist in the investigation.

Two other alleged victims surfaced before Horne was arrested April 14 at a Colorado Springs adult entertainment store, according to the affidavit and police. The females were between the ages of 16 and 20.

Additional victims are possible, police said.

Horne is stationed with the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, according to his military records. He was a systems engineering management course director, records show.

Horne, who joined the Air Force in 2005, is on temporary duty at Peterson Air Force base, according to Marie Vanover, public affairs director for Wright-Patterson.

The day after his arrest, Horne posted his $5,000 bond, court records show.

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