Georgia Man Convicted Of Purchasing Underage Victim For Sex

This week, Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr announced that Daniel Horne, 30, has pleaded guilty to soliciting a 15-year-old female for sex. 

The case had previously been closed, but was reopened by Chief Investigator Bryan Kimbell after the Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit was created in 2019.

“This re-opened case involves the sexual exploitation of a 15-year-old female victim. During a forensic interview in 2019, the victim disclosed that she was sold for sex by Theodore Browne, Jr. and Christopher Weldon over a period of several months in 2018,” a press release from Carr’s office explained.

“Throughout the course of the investigation, evidence further showed that the victim was sexually trafficked out of two hotels in Clayton County, where Browne and Weldon rented rooms and arranged for buyers to purchase the underage victim for sex,” the press release added. 

“When we first opened this case, our Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit pledged to bring every offender involved to justice, and this outcome brings us one step closer to fulfilling that commitment,” said Carr. “Our work is not done, and we will keep fighting to ensure that all those who engaged in the trafficking of this underage victim are held accountable for their actions. All Georgians deserve to be safe, and we will continue to use all resources at our disposal to protect our state’s most vulnerable citizens.”

Despite the Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit recommending a sentence of 15 years, with the first four years to be served in prison, Horne was sentenced to 12 years, with the first two years to be served in prison and the rest will be served on strict probation. Horne will also be required to register as a sex offender.

D & B Staff

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