FBI raid leads to child exploitation charges for Franklin County Sheriff’s reserve deputy

Well imagine that.. Not surprised at all. They spend too much time exploiting children when they need to be working on Unsolved homicides and missing persons cases.
Families need to write the US Attorney and the FBI and remind them that there are cold cases that need solved, suspects questioned and arrested and thrown under the jail. Indiana corruption needs to stop!!!

Former Richmond, Laurel, Union Co. officer now working in Franklin Co. arrested

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A criminal complaint unsealed in federal court Monday provides a look into the alleged activity that led FBI agents to raid the Union County home of a local law enforcement official last week.

Indiana State Police, 31, of Liberty, Ind., was charged with child exploitation after a raid of his home at 5242 Greenwood Church Road by FBI agents Friday. Authorities located a laptop computer, a USB flash drive and a video camera, which allegedly contained images of Walton and a female victim.

Walton is charged with two counts of producing child pornography, two counts of distributing child pornography and one count of possessing child pornography and sexually explicit materials involving minors.

Walton is a former Richmond Police Department and Laurel Police Department officer who has been a reserve deputy with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department since 2004. Walton is a jail officer in Franklin County and previously was employed as a reserve deputy and jail officer in Union County as well, said U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett.

“We are taking the investigation of public corruption and public integrity very seriously,” Hogsett said. “This is not only a terrible set of incidents, but this is a case involving someone entrusted with enforcing the law — someone who we as a society depend on to protect us.”

The alleged victim, who is younger than 16, has been identified by authorities. She confirmed to them she is the victim in the videos, which she said were made between 2010 and 2012. Additionally, 17 still images of the female were located at Walton’s home.

According to the criminal complaint, email accounts that authorities claim belong to Walton were found to have exchanged child pornography videos and photographs with other users, including known child exploitation offenders, beginning in 2011. One of the email accounts allegedly was accessed from the Franklin County Security Center on repeated occasions, Hogsett said. Walton also allegedly accessed the account from the Union County Jail, he said.

Additional charges also might be filed in the case, Hogsett said. Names of other members of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department allegedly were used in some of those communications, he said.

“Everything in child exploitation is unacceptable,” Hogsett said. “But when it goes from receiving, possessing and distributing to where the person becomes a producer of child pornography materials, that generally means Hoosier children have been victimized, and we have identified at least one victim in this case and it could result in more.”

Hogsett said Walton faces decades in prison if convicted of child exploitation and also could be sentenced to years of supervised release and forced to register for life as a sexual offender.

“Federal law is extraordinarily severe on these cases,” Hogsett said. “A producer of child pornography two years ago, where the victims were five kids under age 5, received 315 years in federal prison. Federal prisoners serve 80 percent of their sentences.”

Walton had worked at the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department since 2004, Franklin County Sheriff Ken Murphy said. The sheriff’s department was contacted on Aug. 13 by the Indiana State Police cyber crimes unit and was asked to provide assistance in the investigation concerning Walton, Murphy said.

Arresting an officer, who might be armed and able to use a weapon, can be difficult, Murphy said, so he hoped authorities could arrest Walton in a secure area of the jail, where he would be unarmed, but Walton left town on a trip to Chicago to visit a friend.

Walton’s Franklin County cruiser was missing Friday but was found later in Liberty at about 5 p.m., Murphy said. Authorities are analyzing that computer as well, he said. Walton started calling Murphy late Friday afternoon, Murphy said.

“The FBI asked me to make contact with him, and I told him to turn himself in and he did,” Murphy said. “We were asked to assist, and we provided what was needed. We hold ourselves and our employees to a higher standard, and we won’t tolerate this behavior. No one’s above the law.”

The assistance by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department since the onset of the investigation largely is responsible for the speed at which the case was handled, Hogsett said.

Walton had an initial appearance at noon Monday in federal court in Indianapolis and was detained. A detention hearing to determine whether he will remain in custody is scheduled for Friday.

At the initial appearance, the government filed documents alleging Walton might have been involved in a white supremacist organization. Agents allegedly found materials and evidence of such activity at the Walton residence last week. That investigation is ongoing.

Walton is being lodged in the Marion County Jail, Hogsett said.

http://www.indystar.com/article/20130820/NEWS02/308200024/FBI-raid-leads-child-exploitation-charges-Franklin-County-Sheriff-s-reserve-deputy

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