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BELLEVILLE, Ill. (KMOX) – A martial arts instructor admitted to videotaping himself having sex with three children under the age of 10.

Christopher M. Horton, 20, of Highland, Illinois plead guilty Friday to five counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor and one count of Attempted Sexual Exploitation of a Minor.

Horton faces up to 30 years in prison on each count. He is scheduled to be sentenced March 7, 2014.

According to court documents the sex acts happened May 1, 2012, and February 9, 2013. When investigators arrested Horton they found 57 child porn video files on his cell phone.

During an interview with police, Horton confessed to sexually abusing the minors and to having produced video recordings of the abuse using his cell phone.

Horton was a highly respected member in the martial arts community. Before his arrests parents on RateMyKarateInstructor.com called Horton “a wonderful instructor” who “builds a strong bond with his students” and is “great with people.”

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