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Casper man sentenced in Cheyenne to serve five months for Federal sex crime

(Cheyenne, Wyo.) –This morning in Cheyenne 22-year-old Luke Horneck of Casper was sentenced by Judge Johnson to serve five months imprisonment. Horneck was ordered to pay restitution fees and is to register as a sex offender. He plead guilty in December to the charge of traveling with intent to engage in illegal sexual conduct with a minor. According to court records, on September 13, 2015, Casper Police Officers responded to a call on Wolcott Street in reference to a welfare check. A California resident reported that his daughter had run away from her home in California. She was believed to be with Casper resident Horneck. The girl’s father reported that the GPS location captured an IP address in the area of Mills, Wyoming. After additional investigating, according to court records the Casper Police Detectives learned that the girl was reportedly missing and a runaway. On the 15th of September, CPD officers were contacted by Horneck’s relatives who reported that they could see a female juvenile sitting in his vehicle. They attempted to speak with Horneck about it, but he would not engage them. Horneck’s relatives told officers that he returned to his vehicle and drove away. According to records, a short time later officers located Horneck’s vehicle parked at the Parkway Plaza, and they spoke with management who reported that a room had just been rented by Horneck. Officers located him and the juvenile in the room. Detectives and an FBI agent interviewed the juvenile who stated that the two had been friends for over a year and a half, and they had made a plan for her to run away a few weeks ago. She reported that Horneck drove from Wyoming to California and picked her up. Over the next three days Horneck drove them back to Wyoming, and he had turned his phone to ‘airplane mode’ for the time being. Detectives also spoke with Horneck who reported that he had driven to California to pick up the girl to get her away from “a bad family situation.” #oilcity #shortgo #news