Walker, Bourne bail reduced


Santa Barbara Court reduced bail in high profile case.

After an hour-long hearing in Santa Barbara Superior Court with arguments from the Santa Barbara District Attorney’s office and defense attorneys, the million dollar bail for Joe Walker and Dr. Andrew Bourne of Mammoth Lakes was reduced to $750,000. At 3pm Tuesday, both defendants remained in the Santa Barbara County Jail.

According to Santa Barbara Deputy DA Mary Barron, Walker stands charged with 6 counts of unlawful contact with a child with the intent to commit a sexual crime and with one count of actual commission of a lewd or lascivious act on a child of 14 or 15. Bourne faces 8 counts of unlawful contact with a child with the intent to commit a sexual crime.

Deputy DA Barron told Sierra Wave that declarations were submitted to the court and arguments made over bail. Asked if she argued that the defendants were flight risks, Barron declined to elaborate on the details of attorneys’ arguments “in fairness to both sides.”  She did say that the investigation continues. KEYT TV News in Santa Barbara reported that Barron told the judge she expects to file additional, related charges soon against Walker and Bourne.

Ms. Barron also said that another hearing is set for January 19th and a preliminary hearing for January 25th.  At that time, Barron will present the DA’s evidence to back up charges against Walker and Bourne.

Meanwhile, in the community of Mammoth Lakes, citizens have raised questions about who will provide surgical services at Mammoth Hospital since Dr. Bourne is unavailable.  Lori Ciccarelli, Community Services Director for the hospital, said that right now other surgeons are covering for Dr. Bourne.  She said legal counsel is “reviewing the contracts and will be making recommendations in regards to whether or not Dr. Bourne’s privileges will be suspended.”  Officials are continuing to meet and discuss this issue.

Mammoth parents have wondered if Dr. Bourne will retain his seat on the Mammoth School Board.  School Superintendent Rich Boccia referred us to School by-law 9223 which addresses what may create a vacancy on the board. The reasons include death, inability to perform for the remainder of a term, no longer a resident of the district, felony conviction, or resignation. Officials did say that at this time there is no vacancy on the Mammoth School Board.

Even though police had reported that alleged crimes in this case occurred in Mammoth Lakes, the case against Walker and Bourne will be exclusively handled by Santa Barbara Police and the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office.


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37 Responses to Walker, Bourne bail reduced

  1. Dingo January 10, 2012 at 4:43 pm #

    Innocent until proven guilty for sure but I cant help but to wonder, are these guys gonna show their face in town if they make bail?

  2. Dee January 10, 2012 at 4:55 pm #

    Having read other articles regarding this hearing, it sounds like the DA is gonna bring more related charges against both soon. Also it has been disclosed the investigation has been going on for about two years not one as previously stated.

    • Ken Warner January 10, 2012 at 5:29 pm #

      Two years? Why didn’t somebody do or say something to stop or prevent whatever alleged illegal activities were going on? Didn’t they think it was important to stop that activity? Or did they have other motives to let it continue? And what exactly did happen?

      • Benett Kessler January 10, 2012 at 6:29 pm #

        We don’t know exactly what happened, but usually more information comes out during a preliminary hearing.

  3. BishopDude January 10, 2012 at 4:56 pm #

    750k Bail is still pretty high. The police must have some pretty incriminating evidence.

  4. Jay Wheaton January 10, 2012 at 5:41 pm #

    Where are these other surgeons? There are no other qualified surgeons for internal medicine. Once again Mammoth Hospital administration is not telling the truth.

  5. Big Rick O'Brien January 10, 2012 at 8:04 pm #

    Some people are not going to like this, but I have to say…Dr. Bourne’s bail should not be as high as Mr. Walker’s, seeing how he is not being presently charged with sexual contact with the victim, as Mr. walker is. What he IS charged with are extremely serious offenses and warrants a reasonable bail, but 750 THOUSAND DOLLARS ? Robert Blake’s bail for MURDER wasn’t that high. Like Ken said, TWO YEARS? Somethings not right here.

  6. sierragrl January 10, 2012 at 8:46 pm #

    Yes, move carefully Mammoth Hospital and MUSD….you have to follow employment contracts and employment law…Of course conviction of a felony is grounds for termination, being indicted, perhaps not so. Typically this is when you see ‘paid leave’ used a lot. School board may be slightly different, it’s not employment and it relates to schools…but school board members don’t typically interact with students and his being involved is not a threat to anyone…that said, he should do them a favor and resign from the school board at least. as far as surgery, I would not trust his abilities while under this duress.

    • Off-the-street January 11, 2012 at 5:39 pm #

      Every organization has by-laws in which to follow during the event in which certain cases apply. If there is nothing in the by-laws which pertain to the event, then NOTHING can be done. As stated by the the school superintendent, Dr. Bourne’s case does not fit the requirements of the by-laws. Therefore, he is legally still a member. As such, Dr. Bourne should NOT resign from the school board as he has NOT been found guilty. The Mammoth Hospital must follow the same principles.

      I would still trust Dr. Bourne’s medical attention. His medical knowledge has not be compromised. Whether he’d be inclined to provide such services would be his decision.

  7. Off-the-street January 10, 2012 at 9:29 pm #

    Mono County’s Schedule Bail:
    (3) When a defendant is booked or charged with two or more offenses, bail shall be the amount computed under this schedule for the charge having the highest bail, including applicable amounts for enhancements and prior convictions except: … (2) where separate sex acts are committed on the same victim and each may be punished separately … (plus enhancements etc…)
    288(a) [Lewd act if victim is under age 14]: $100,000
    288.3(a) [Contact minor with intent to commit sexual offense]: $5,000

    Enhancements are related to prior felony offenses and/or weapons. If punished separately…
    $40,000 and $130,000 for Dr. Bourne and Mr. Walker respectively with the bails being 18 3/4)x and ~(5 3/4th’s)x respectively.

    Santa Barbara Court Bail Schedule states:
    Bail for multiple offenses: Highest amount for most serious offense (no “stacking”).
    288(a) [Lewd act with child under 14 years]: $100,000
    288.3(a) [Contact minor with intent to commit sexual offense]: $25,000

    So, 30x and (7 1/2)x respectively again.

    I’m rather suspicious of the amount of “flight risk” induced by setting bail so extremely high compared to the scheduled bail.

  8. Mo Jacoby January 10, 2012 at 10:56 pm #

    I do not think the bail is set based on guilt or innocence, nor on the crime is it? I understood it was based on other factos as risk to the community and filght risk?

  9. Cynthia January 10, 2012 at 10:59 pm #

    Bail is going to be set high for several reasons. One being all the facts we will soon learn about and two, they are both flight risks due to the fact that both have strong international flexibility. Andy has dual citizenship(Australia) and Joe’s wife is European. The law is always a step ahead!

  10. R.N. January 10, 2012 at 11:32 pm #

    There is NO surgeon coverage until Jan. 15th. Patients that need general surgery have to be transferred out until then.

    • Patient January 11, 2012 at 9:36 am #

      Most likely getting better care outside the area. The Bishop and Mammoth Hospital don’t have the best of patient care reputation.

      • Ken Warner January 11, 2012 at 11:58 am #

        Have you been a patient at Mammoth Hospital? I have. And I would prefer Mammoth Hospital over Renown in Reno any day. Given that Mammoth Hospital has the specialists needed.

        Mammoth Hospital is a rural hospital and you can’t expect residents in all fields like the larger hospitals such as Renown.

      • Rest of the Story January 11, 2012 at 7:38 pm #

        I have been a patient at Mammoth Hospital many times. I would not go anywhere else. Patient care is excellent. You should go to USC sometines to see how bad it can really get.

  11. Big Rick O'Brien January 11, 2012 at 2:19 am #

    OOPS! Robert Blake’s bail WAS a cool million, but he was found innocent, wasn’t he?

    • Wayne Deja January 11, 2012 at 9:09 am #

      Robert Blake was charged with MURDER….and the reason he was found not guilty was because the trial was in L.A…..and he was a movie star…

  12. Carol January 11, 2012 at 6:09 am #

    two years !? what where they waiting for ?! Also isn’t the girl 15 , would that make her 13 at start.?
    this is not looking good for either one of them .
    why was the bail the same for both when supposedly only one of them didn’t actually have sex with the girl ?

    • kaat January 11, 2012 at 10:06 am #

      When you think of the one or two years that the investigation was ongoing (from what I have read in the news), I have to remind myself that is was the mother (I think I read somewhere?) of the young girl who found the emails/communications and contacted the police…so I have to assume (for I don’t know at all) that the mother felt okay with how the police were handling the situation for those two years and that the young girl was not in “danger” during the investigation.

      The evidence will come out eventually… but until it does I am resting in my belief that the mother of the young girl was protecting her during the one or two years that the police were gathering evidence. Perhaps it would take all that time for the girl and family to prepare themselves to move forward with the legal proceedings?

      As a parent, I can can only imagine what I would have done if I discovered communications to my child from adults that were not child appropriate. I am sure that I would want justice to prevail and for the adults to be “caught”.

      I wish for an outcome from this situation that allows all involved to heal as quickly as possible.

    • Big Rick O'Brien January 11, 2012 at 9:39 pm #

      i said the same thing yesterday & got 19 negatives. What’s up with that?

  13. waiting January 11, 2012 at 9:16 am #

    I don’t know the second defendant, but this is unbelieveable to hear about someone who does so much good in the world as Dr. Bourne. Undoubtedly, good people do bad things, but let’s not crucify him without the facts. I would like to hear the details of the evidence before casting stones on this man. It does seem that bail for him is unreasonably high as compared with others.

  14. Local Resident January 11, 2012 at 9:57 am #

    Bail what a crock,. Flight risk, Wow the Dr. has Dual Citizenship , So What.

    I liked the way the prosecutor claims she has more charges for the two comming. I’d like to know how many times she said this before and not delivered. This is prosecutor posturing. Making a person look worse than meets the eye.

    I think there needs to be some checks and balances done here. If there are going to be reporters messing into this situation I think they need to be doing some investigative work on their own.

    The public should know some things.

    Who in town were contacted during the investigation other than the police.
    Friends ?
    Telephone Company?
    Internet Company?
    Email Service?
    Who were served subpeonas? This may be public record. Were they served prior to arrest?

    Just saying

  15. Ken Warner January 11, 2012 at 11:55 am #

    I have not been able to find a single news item that says the investigation has been ongoing for two years. All the news items I’ve found say the investigation was started in September 2011.

    • Benett Kessler January 11, 2012 at 12:10 pm #

      KEYT.com reported that the prosecutor alleged in open court that a relationship between the accused and the victim had been going on for two years.

      Benett Kessler

  16. Gazoo January 11, 2012 at 12:11 pm #

    Commenters, the “two years” that was reported in another media wasn’t the length of the investigation. It was reported that the alleged crimes began two years ago.

  17. Ken Warner January 11, 2012 at 12:31 pm #

    Not what I found — do you have a link to the article that you found?


      • Ken Warner January 11, 2012 at 3:18 pm #

        “The prosecutor told the judge in court today that an inappropriate relationship between the two men and the unidentified girl has been going on for about two years.”

        Hummm…. So why was that “inappropriate relationship” allowed to continue????

        • Benett Kessler January 11, 2012 at 4:08 pm #

          For accuracy sake, I will point out that perhaps the prosecutor has evidence that shows a relationship for two years that only became
          recently known.

          • Ken Warner January 11, 2012 at 4:57 pm #

            Yes, I thought about that. Possibly, the investigation started in Sept. ’11 an discovered that the “inappropriate relationship” had begun two years prior. But this is all speculation. And I am guilty of too much speculation at this point.

        • Wilfred S. January 11, 2012 at 5:57 pm #

          Ken, I’ve been reading your posts and you’re obviously a friend of these two. My advice: stop defending them so rigorously with your name attached — this may come back to bite you. As someone who has seen many of these cases, their situation doesn’t look good at all. The facts will come out soon, and these men will be dealt with appropriately.

          • Ken Warner January 11, 2012 at 7:26 pm #

            You mistake my shock for defense. And you are typical of those who jump to conclusions. Dr. Bourne treated me when I need it surgical help and I thought he was a good man. Don’t know the other man at all.

            If you take the time to re-read my posts, I’m expressing shock at an alleged act by one man that seems so out of character.

            My advice to you is to not threaten me or anyone else with some mythical retribution to satisfy some misguided inner need.

            And I’m curious as to how you managed to see “many of these cases”. Are you a prosecutor of some sorts?

        • Big Rick O'Brien January 11, 2012 at 9:41 pm #

          Inappropriate doesn’t mean illegal…

          • kaat January 12, 2012 at 11:27 am #

            WOW! The young girl who is at the center of this situation has been treated as almost an after thought by both the press and posters here.

            The possibility that the Dr. had “inappropriate” communications with a female minor (a very young one) is being thought of as literally ‘no big deal’…kind of like: ‘well, he didn’t physically touch her so let him off and let him get back to his life already.’

            There are laws in place to protect minors/children from wrong actions by adults, especially over the internet. If the Dr. broke the law in this situation he should be punished, whether he had sex with her or not.

            As for the other man….it is possible he broke the law like the Dr. in addition to crossing the physical boundary as well…and yes, his possible crime is ‘greater’ so to speak….but the Dr. shouldn’t be thought of as an ‘angel’ if he ‘only’ broke the law with regards to inappropriate internet communications with a minor.

            Keep the young girl in mind here as you post-away….it’s not all about the men here! It’s the girl that is (possibly) the victim…and maybe the men too, if the charges are false.

            Imagine your take on all of this if it was a local young girl as the victim and the two men were from Santa Barbara?

            Both the DA and the lawyers are posturing right now….since when do lawyers and/or the DA always tell the truth? No one is showing their hand right now…it’s all speculation….

  18. Nancy Tucker Baker January 11, 2012 at 5:45 pm #

    I knew that I had read, somewhere, that the emails were discovered in September 2011. I just found this quote online, from the Mammoth Times:
    “Sergeant Lorenzo Duarte, Public Information Officer for the Santa Barbara Police Dept., said, “Investigation began in September of 2011 when suspicious emails sent to a teenage female were discovered and reported to the police which led to the recovery of more than 1000 emails”, which they used to begin their investigation.

    I have no idea why the young girl didn’t share this information with her mother, father, or other family members sooner.
    But there you have it, this investigation has not been going on for two years. It sounds like the investigators have proceeded rather quickly, within four months they have indicted two individuals. That seems fairly qucikly, to me.

    The above quotes are from today’s (January 11th’s) online edition of the Inyo Register, written by George Shirk, the senior editor of the Mamoth Times. I am NOT attempting to violate anyone’s copyrighted material, just to set the record straight here on this issue’s timing.

  19. Nancy Tucker Baker January 12, 2012 at 4:50 pm #

    I agree one hundred percent with kaat. That young girl was, apparently, just 13 when this mess started. I feel the utmost sympathy for her and her family.
    I also agree with your points about Dr.Bourne’s charges being considered no big deal by persons both here and on the streets of Mammoth. I heard people just yesterday saying that he should be just fined, because “it doesn’t sound like he even touched her”.
    None of us have the proof or evidence at this moment to know WHAT exactly happened. As I keep saying, I’m sure there will be more details being revealed in this case. There may be additional charges being filed, as well.
    I had training in recognizing sexual abuse, rape awareness, and some of the psychology behind victims’ actions when I volunteered at a women’s health clinic some years ago. One of the primary ways in which a very young person deals with crimes such as these appear to be DENIAL. Sometimes the victim doesn’t admit, even to herself, what is really happening. Some victims repress the memories until they are adults. So we can’t know what she went through. Being honest with her family must have been heart wrenching. But of course, these charges remain just allegations at this point.
    But, please let’s not lose sight of the possible victim in this case. Unless an unholy conspiracy is revealed, the two men are NOT victims.


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