- Associated Press - Monday, February 29, 2016

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - A 22-year-old Casper man accused of driving to California to pick up a teenage runaway has been sentenced to five months in prison on a federal sex charge.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/21CtSkL ) that Luke Horneck was sentenced last week after pleading guilty to traveling with the intent to engage in illegal sexual conduct.

The case began in September when Casper police responded to a call from a California man who told them a 15-year-old girl had run away and she might be with Horneck in the Casper area. Police later found Horneck and the girl at a hotel.

Court documents say Horneck told authorities he knew the girl was a runaway and that he wanted to remove her from a “bad family situation.”

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Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, https://www.trib.com

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