Following FDLE investigation, school teacher in Nigeria is arrested


For Immediate Release

August 14, 2023

ABUJA, Nigeria – Following an FDLE investigation, Eric Horton, 52, was arrested in Abuja, Nigeria for 18 counts of possession of child sexual abuse material and one count of promoting a sexual performance by a child. 
Agents began their investigation last October when Horton lived in Graceville.   A search warrant was conducted on August 3 and digital evidence was located by FDLE K-9 Maple.  During the search warrant, it was discovered that Horton, a former school teacher, traveled to Nigeria to teach physical education to school-aged children.
Horton was arrested in Nigeria on August 11, 2023 on an FDLE warrant.  Extradition is pending.
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FDLE Office of Public Information
(850) 410-7001

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