Former North College Hill H.S. student answers to charges in sex video case

Jeremiah Horton pleaded not guilty to charges that he recorded himself having sex with a 14-year-old and passed that video to others (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Jeremiah Horton walked before a Judge Patrick Dinkelacker looking like a child, but the 18-year-old is in adult court and he's facing up to eight years in prison.

His attorney, Carl Lewis, told the judge, "He has surrendered. He has been interviewed with North College Hill police regarding this incident."

Police accuse Horton of recording and sharing video of himself having sex with a 14-year-old without the girl knowing it. The incident happened just 21 days after his 18th birthday.

"He's a young kid, who's scared, made, in our opinion, if the facts are as true as set forth, a terrible mistake -- what I would say a youthful mistake, and we don't want this to be the end of his life," said Lewis.

Horton pleaded not guilty to two counts of pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor. Police believe Horton shared the video from his cell phone with three of his classmates at North College Hill High School.

Officer Jay Manning said, "We found obviously the original video. We found there's 21 other girls in his phone either in pictures or video in various levels of sexual activity with him, and we have no idea who they are."

North College Hill Police say there's a public health issue as well. That's why they want to identify and speak with the other girls recorded on Horton's phone.

In essence, Horton's alleged actions may have derailed the course of his life if he's convicted. His lawyer says the 18-year-old has never been in trouble before, was involved in school and was on the football team.

Now, he's expelled and college options have been delayed, at best. After the school district found out, the superintendent sent a letter home to parents so that they can talk to their children about what happened.

"This is this generation with all the phones and all the stuff, and you know the old saying, if you put it out, it's out there. It never goes away," Manning said.

Lewis said, "He manned up, walked in here today and faced the music and he's ready to have his day in court."

The judge gave Horton a $25,000 bond and also ordered him to wear an electronic monitoring unit. He also told the 18-year-old he can have no contact with the witnesses in the case or the alleged victims.

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