By Conrad Dudderar
A Yukon man has been convicted of child sexual abuse and sentenced to serve four years in prison.
Thomas Edward Walker, 57, pleaded no contest to two felony counts at a Nov. 23rd hearing before District Judge Paul Hesse in Canadian County District Court. He waived his right to a jury trial that had been set Dec. 6.
Judge Hesse accepted the defendant’s pleas and found him guilty of the crime.
Walker appeared by videoconference from the Canadian County Jail while his attorney Craig Corgan was in the courtroom.
As part of a negotiated plea agreement, Walker will spend four years in state Department of Corrections’ custody with 16 years suspended. He was given credit for time served in the Canadian County Jail, where he was booked Jan. 15, 2020, after being formally charged.
Walker was ordered to pay a $50 fine and $50 victim’s compensation assessment. He will be supervised by the state DOC while on probation after his release from prison.
The Yukon resident was the subject of an investigation by Yukon Police.
A Yukon police officer in November 2019 spoke with a family counselor about “possible inappropriate sexual activity” involving young children, according to a probable cause affidavit.
The victim’s mother told police that Walker “downplayed the inappropriate sexual touching” with a 10-year-old child, the affidavit reads.
During forensics’ interviews with Yukon police investigators, the victim disclosed the abuse by Walker.
When interviewed by a detective, Walker denied the allegations while agreeing the victim was sexually abused – but claiming to not know by whom.
The sexual abuse reportedly occurred at an apartment in the 100 block of Briarwood.
‘LITTERED WITH PORN’
Child pornography was found on the defendant’s cell phone, according to a Yukon police report.
A detective 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 court documents.
The most recent site reportedly 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, according to the police affidavit.
Later in November 2019, 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 – finally admitted to watching the animation “for pleasure.”