Clifton Horn plus attorney June 3

In June, Former East Robertson High School volleyball coach Clifton Horn (left) appeared in Robertson County Circuit Court alongside his Nashville attorney Peter Strianse.

Former East Robertson Volleyball Coach Clifton Horn will face a trial on March 2, 2020 for 67 counts named in a superseding sealed indictment following an investigation of sexual misconduct that allegedly involves the coach secretly recording his former players.

In June, there were 51 counts added to the 16 counts previously handed down by a grand jury, but Judge William R. Goodman III sealed the superseding indictment.

On Friday, Aug. 9, the State of Tennessee filed a motion to amend the order pursuant to State V. Drake, according to Jason White, assistant district attorney for the 19th Judicial District.

In an attempt to accommodate the interests of the press and public, but to also continue to protect the victims, witnesses and their families, White said the state proposed disclosing the charges, while keeping the actual indictment sealed.

The charges released on Friday include:

  • 8 counts of attempted especially aggravated exploitation of a minor
  • 1 count of unlawful photography/violation of privacy
  • 1 count of tampering with evidence
  • 50 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor
  • 7 counts of attempted unlawful photography/violation of privacy

On Monday, Aug. 11, the Robertson County Clerk’s Office unsealed the back of the last page of the indictment, listing the charges and making it available to all interested parties.

All other parts of the indictment, describing each charge, will remain only with the parties involved in the case, according to Goodman.

A litigation schedule for Horn was also released by the judge on Friday.  

Prior to the March 2, 2020 trial, there will be a non jury court date for status on Jan. 24, 2020.

Motions have been set for Dec. 17.

It was October of 2018 that Horn was arrested and charged with 16 counts that described how he allegedly spent time video recording and photographing girls on his team, using a hidden device in the school’s locker room.

Most of the counts described Horn creating videos of girls changing clothes and/or using the restroom, exhibiting private areas of the minors, for the purpose of sexual arousal.

In June, when Judge Goodman sealed the case file, he wrote, “Due to the sensitive nature of this matter, the parties proposed to the court to seal the court file.”

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