EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill.—A martial arts instructor from Highland pleaded guilty on Friday to allegations he sexually abused several students, including a 6-year-old.
Christopher Horton, 20, pleaded guilty to five counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and one count of attempted sexual exploitation of a minor.
According to court documents, Horton video-recorded himself engaging in sexual activity with three children between May of last year and February in Madison and St. Clair counties. Authorities say about 57 video files containing child pornography were recovered from his home.
Horton taught at Three Tigers Martial Arts in Belleville.
He is scheduled to be sentenced on March 7 and faces up to 30 years in prison for each count, as well as a $250,000 fine.