By Conrad Dudderar
EL RENO – A Yukon man whose phone was allegedly “littered with porn” faces life in prison after being charged with child sexual abuse.
Thomas Edward Walker, 55, was charged with the felony crime on Jan. 15 in Canadian County District Court. Prosecutors filed two counts, one for rape and the other for forcible sodomy.
Each count is punishable by between one year in the county jail up to life in state prison and/or a $500-$5,000 fine.
Yukon Police began an investigation in November 2019 after an officer spoke with a family counselor about “possible inappropriate sexual activity” involving young children, according to a probable cause affidavit.
The alleged victim’s mother told police that defendant Walker “downplayed the inappropriate sexual touching” with a 10-year-old child, according to the affidavit.
During forensics’ interviews with Yukon police investigators, the alleged victim disclosed the abuse by Walker.
When interviewed by a detective, Walker reportedly denied the allegations while agreeing the victim was sexually abused – but claiming to not know by whom.
The sexual abuse allegedly occurred at an apartment in the 100 block of Briarwood. Child pornography reportedly was found on the defendant’s cell phone, according to a Yukon police report.
The detective reportedly asked Walker if he could look at the search history on his cell phone.
Walker first lied about his phone not working before handing over the phone; the Internet browser was “littered with porn websites,” according to the court affidavit.
The most recent site allegedly showed a pre-pubescent child/character being exploited by adults.
The defendant continued to lie about his purpose for having what he called “animation porn” of young children and continued to deny the allegations of sexually abusing the victim, the document indicates.
Later in November, a state trooper came to the Yukon Police Station to administer a polygraph test.
The trooper reported Walker “was deceptive on all three of the questions regarding sexual activity with the victim” but – in a post-interview – “did finally admit to watching the animation for pleasure, according to the affidavit.