- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 5, 2019

A Florida man was indicted Thursday on a charge of attempting to support the Islamic State terrorist group by posting online bomb-making videos.

Romero Xavier Langhorne, 30, of Jacksonville, Florida, was arrested on November 15 and has been detained pending a trial. If convicted on a single charge, Mr. Langhorne could face 20 years in prison.

Federal authorities arrested Mr. Langhorne in Roanoke, Virginia, where he lived until he located to Jacksonville earlier this year.

Mr. Langhorne has been a supporter of the Islamic State, commonly known as ISIS, since 2014, according to a criminal complaint. In February, he began communicating with an undercover FBI employee who was posing as a member of the terror group.

Mr. Langhorne told the informant about his plans to create and disseminate an instructional video on making a deadly explosive. He said he wanted to distribute the video so Islamic State sympathizers and others had the tools to use it for terrorism-related purposes, according to the indictment.

The FBI informant produced a video following Mr. Langhorne’s instructions, but it featured an inert chemical formula that would not produce an explosion, prosecutors said.

In November 2019, Mr. Langhorne uploaded the video to a video sharing site, according to the criminal complaint.

• Jeff Mordock can be reached at jmordock@washingtontimes.com.

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