James Anthony Walker, 29, was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault on a child in 2017 after allegedly engaging in “sexting” with a 13-year-old female and then having a sexual relationship with her at the time she was 14.
His jury trial was slated to begin Aug. 4, but District Judge Ramsey Lama on Monday granted an unopposed motion filed by defense attorneys to continue the trial because of potential difficulties that could come up because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Additionally, District Attorney Kaitlin Turner filed a new complaint July 14 listing five new charges stemming from an incident on or about July 4, 2019, involving a victim who is under the age of 15, including unlawful sexual contact, a misdemeanor; sexual assault on a child, a Class-4 felony; sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust, a Class-3 felony; violation of a protection order, a misdemeanor; and violation of bail bond conditions, a Class-6 felony.
According to an arrest affidavit penned by Fremont County Sheriff’s Detective Howard Burton, in the original case, Walker and the victim had been communicating through social media.
In an interview with law enforcement Sept. 26, 2016, the victim said Walker first started “hitting on” her older sister via Facebook and soon friended all of her friends and sisters. That’s when Walker and the victim started talking, according to the affidavit.
In an interview with the victim’s older sister, she told law enforcement that she told Walker that her sister was only 14 when they first started talking via social media.
The victim told investigators that she “was scared because James was 25 years old but then (she) got comfortable with him and began sneaking out of the house to meet with him,” the affidavit states.
They spent time at his house in Florence and also at Florence Mountain Park.
In a text message from Walker to the victim on Aug. 19, 2016, Walker asked if she was “ready to be a mom,” to which she replied, “No, I can’t wait lol.”
Walked replied, “Lol ok babe how bad … Like as soon as you turn 18?”
The victim said she knew Walker was a military police officer with a wife and two kids, but at first, he told her the children belonged to his roommate. She later found out through her sister’s friends that he did have a family.
Once she found out he had a wife she and Walker grew apart, and after confronting him about his family, he blocked her and unfriended her on Facebook and Snapchat, the affidavit states.
They didn’t talk for about two months after his 9-month-old son died at a Florence home daycare April 29, 2016.
When asked if Walker ever talked about their age difference, he “said that it was a big no-no,” the victim said, according to the affidavit.
Detectives interviewed Walker at the Fort Carson Army Base on Dec. 6, 2016. He initially denied knowing the victim but later admitted that she was a friend and he thought she was 18. He said they mostly just drove around and talked, but later said they may have had sex once, but he didn’t remember because he was drunk at the time.
Walker will appear in court next at 10 a.m. Aug. 12 for advisement on the new charges and then at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 24 to reset trial in the first case.