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State Rep. Mike Horner's name found in documents of accused brothel owner



State Rep. Mike Horner, R-Kissimmee, is being linked to a prostitution scandal that has already notched one arrest and could have even broader political consequences.

While Horner is not the focus of the investigation, his name came up as investigators scoured through the documents of Mark Risner, who has been charged with running an Orlando prostitution ring.

Horner “was not arrested,” said Bernie Presha, a spokesperson for the Orange County state attorney’s office. “He was not investigated, and is not a subject of investigation.”

Risner, 54, of Orlando, is facing charges of racketeering and prostitution.

Risner is specifically charged with “Maintaining Structure for Purpose of Prostitution,” “Direct/Transport for Purpose of Prostitution,” “Solicitation to Commit Prostitution,” and “Aiding and Abetting for Prostitution.”

“We arrested a guy for prostitution,” Presha said. “In some of his documentation – a ‘Mike Horner’ comes up.”

The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that Horner’s name came up on a client list used by Risner, who allegedly ran a brothel out of his home in east Orange County.

Presha said the state attorney’s office “no way” to know whether or not the Mike Horner listed in Risner’s internal documents is the same state Representative representing part of Central Florida. Presha also said there were "hundreds of names" included in Risner's documents, and none of those people are being investigated.

Horner is the director of the Kissimmee/Osceola Chamber of Commerce.

He could not immediately be reached for comment.

Horner’s campaign website has been taken down, the Orlando Sentinel reports.



[Last modified: Monday, September 24, 2012 11:37am]


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