According to the Santa Barbara District Attorney’s office, Joe Walker of Mammoth Lakes has entered guilty pleas to 5 felony counts out of 21 sex-related charges lodged against him by the Santa Barbara DA. The pleas took place in court on Friday. The amended criminal complaint filed against Walker described a situation over two years in which both he and Dr. Andrew Bourne had sexual relations with a Santa Barbara teenager when she was 14 and 15. Charges were related to that victim.
Walker pled guilty to two counts of lewd acts upon a child of 14, one count of unlawful contact with a child with the intent to commit a sex crime, two counts of lewd acts upon a child of 15, oral copulation of a person under 16, and conspiracy to commit a crime.
The amended complaint and plea form filed with the court on Friday described instances over a two year period in which Walker engaged in sexual intercourse with the teenager and encouraged his friend, Dr. Andrew Bourne to do the same. The documents related Walker’s basis for his plea, including statements that he had encouraged Andrew Bourne and the young victim to have sex. The amended complaint named instances of sexual intercourse involving the victim and Walker and the victim and Bourne in Santa Barbara, Mammoth Lakes and other locations. The amended complaint alleged that Walker told Bourne that “Something like this happens once in a lifetime, …and you need to take it to the next level…you need to get physical with Jane Doe.” The complaint goes on to allege that Andrew Bourne told Detective Hunter that “part of the reason he became physical with Jane Doe was because the defendant (Walker) encouraged him to. The complaint also says that Walker suggested Bourne hire Jane Doe as a nanny for the summer in Mammoth Lakes.
Deputy DA in Santa Barabara, Mary Barron, said that Walker will be sentenced on June 1st to “5 years in state prison and must register for life as a sex offender. “Barron also said, “Walker remains out of jail on own recognizance release. Because of his early admission of guilt,” she said, “the plea bargain spared the victim from having to come to court and testify at trial.”
Read the account from KEYT News of Santa Barbara at http://www.keyt.com/news/local/Mammoth-Lakes-Businessman-Who-Had-Sexual-Relations-With-Girl-Enters-Plea—142120013.html .