Man to serve 1 year, 2 months for nude pictures of teen girl

Kristin M. Kraemer, Tri-City HeraldJanuary 31, 2014 

A teenage girl said she lives in fear every day of the man who threatened to harm her family if she didn't send him naked pictures of herself.

The girl, in a letter to Benton County Superior Court, wrote that Robert Lawrence Walker's actions 11/2 years ago have left her with no self-confidence and scared that he's going to return to hurt her.

"No one should be put through this," said the girl, who's not named under a Herald policy not to identify people who report being sexually assaulted.

She asked for Walker to get the maximum sentence of one year and two months for his child pornography crime.

There was only a two-month difference between the top and the bottom of Walker's standard range, and Judge Vic VanderSchoor went with the lesser of the two.

Now, Walker is serving one year in state prison for second-degree possession of depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Despite his guilty plea in the case, the 39-year-old Airway Heights man claimed he never saw the pictures and that it was done by someone who was mad at him. He also "did not voice any concern or apologies for the victim," a community corrections officer noted in Walker's presentencing report.

According to court documents, Kennewick police were called in August 2012 after Walker's girlfriend found naked pictures of a girl on his flip phone while Walker was in jail overnight on an unrelated case.

She brought them to the attention of relatives of the girl, who confirmed she was the one pictured. It was a relative who contacted police.

The girl, who lived in Benton County, cried when she was interviewed by officers. She said Walker had asked her numerous times that year to send him photos and she'd refused until he threatened to harm or even kill the girl and her siblings, documents said.

She eventually sent him nude pictures because she couldn't bear the thought of them being hurt.

The girl also told police that Walker had sent her text messages she didn't like and made her feel weird, and later alleged that he had sexually assaulted her while in another county.

When initially questioned, Walker admitted having pornographic pictures of females on his cellphone but denied that any of them were of the victim. He then said there had been photos of a juvenile female on the phone but he'd erased them.

A forensic search of the phone by investigators reportedly turned up at least one picture of the victim.

The girl's mother pleaded with the court to sentence Walker to prison and show justice for her daughter, who was robbed of her childhood, her innocence and her future.

The mother wrote in a letter that she's proud of her daughter for having the courage to come forward, and hopes time and love will help heal the girl's pain and suffering.

Walker's criminal history includes convictions in Spokane County for possessing stolen property and drug violations.

As a result of the child porn conviction, Walker must have no contact with the girl for five years and must register as a sex offender for 10 years.

w Kristin M. Kraemer: 582-1531; kkraemer@tricityherald.com; Twitter: @KristinMKraemer

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