was an LDS church member in Melbourne Australia; accused of raping a teenage boy; awaiting trial

Case Summary

Caleb Horner was a Mormon church member in Wantirna ward, Melbourne Australia.

According to our sources, the alleged abuse occurred while Horner was an active LDS member.

At the time Horner was arrested, he had stopped going to LDS church meetings and was living with a partner in Perth, Australia, our sources say.

Floodlit has been told Horner was in jail for over a year awaiting trial.

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Sources
  1. Perth-based ADF member Caleb Horner accused of teen assault bailed
    view source details | | Perth Now
  2. I Come to Him
    view source details | 8 Dec 2023 | Sound Cloud
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  • Perth-based ADF member Caleb Horner accused of teen assault bailed
    Source type: News article
    Publisher: Perth Now
    Date published/accessed:
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    An Australian Defence Force member accused of raping a teenage boy has been released on bail.

    Perth-based Caleb Horner, 36, was granted the application in the County Court in Melbourne on Monday.

    He is due to stand trial next year after pleading not guilty to charges including rape, sexual penetration of a child under 16, sexual assault of a child under 16 and grooming.

    Police allege Horner first contacted a 12-year-old boy on Instagram in 2018 before reconnecting with him online two years later.

    The 36-year-old is accused of grooming the boy and sexually assaulting him between January and March 2020.

    Horner was arrested in November last year and has been in custody for the past 270 days.

    He allegedly admitted to police that he spoke to the boy, knew the teen’s age and shared photos with him.

    In her reasons for granting bail, County Court Judge Fiona Todd noted Horner demonstrated compelling reasons as he had no prior convictions, no previous court orders and a stable address.

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    I Come to Him
    Source type: News article
    Publisher: Sound Cloud
    Date published/accessed: 8 Dec 2023
    archive 1 | archive 2

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