Woman facing ‘crimes against nature’ charge

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SANDPOINT — The wife of a Sandpoint man accused of possessing and sharing child pornography is facing a charge alleging bestiality.

Kimberly Lynn Horner is charged with committing an infamous crime against nature, a felony offense punishable by no less than five years in prison. Horner is further charged with possession of methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

A preliminary hearing in the case is set for March 13 in Bonner County Magistrate Court. Horner is free on her own recognizance while the case is pending, court records indicate.

Video footage of Horner engaged in sex acts with a canine was discovered on a laptop computer that was seized by the North Idaho Sex Offender Task Force, according to a probable cause affidavit.

The task force raided Horner’s Oak Street home last November while investigating allegations that her husband, Jerry, offered clips of child pornography for download through an Internet file-sharing network.

Jerry Allan Horner was charged with six counts of sharing child pornography and six counts of possession of child porn, in addition to felony and misdemeanor drug charges.

A day-long preliminary hearing in Jerry Horner’s case was planned for this month, but the state moved on Tuesday for the child porn charges to be dismissed without prejudice, which allows them to be re-filed at a later date.

Special Prosecutor Josh Studor moved for the dismissal because additional review of scientific and forensic evidence is needed and can’t be complete in a timely manner. Moreover, the state may ask for Jerry Horner to be prosecuted in U.S. District court instead of state court, Bonner County Prosecutor Louis Marshall said on Thursday.

The felony and misdemeanor drug charges against Jerry Horner, 48, remain intact.

Kimberly Horner, also 48, was charged after computers and other digital devices were examined at the Intermountain West Regional Computer Forensic Lab in Salt Lake City, according to court documents.

Lab technicians discovered the 20-minute video, which was captured with a web camera and stored on a laptop which also held videos of child porn.

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