School official surrenders on Internet luring charge
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) ” The athletic director at Grand Junction High School surrendered to police early Thursday on charges of using the Internet to suggest a sexual act with someone he thought was a teenage girl.
Donald John Walker, 48, faces charges of Internet luring of a child and enticement of a child, both felonies.
Walker surrendered at the Mesa County jail shortly after 2 a.m., police spokeswoman Linda Bowman said. He has been on paid administrative leave since April 4, when school district officials were notified of the investigation.
He was being held without bail.
An arrest warrant affidavit released Wednesday said an informant posed as a 14-year-old girl on the Internet and kept copies of online messages from Walker in which he discussed sexual acts. Bowman said the informant gave copies of the messages to KKCO-TV in Grand Junction and the station contacted police about the material.
Officer Jeremiah Boies wrote in the affidavit that Walker confirmed to police on April 6 that two online names used in the messages to the informant, “johnnieloveslaughter” and “johnniewalker59,” were his.
Walker told police he thought the person he was chatting with on the Internet was an ex-girlfriend posing as a 14-year-old girl. Boise said the woman, whom he did not identify, denied the claim.
Boies said police also contacted the informant and confirmed his identity. The informant said he created fake Internet identity as “pink”polka”dotzzz” and chatted online with “johnnieloveslaughter” and “johnniewalker59.”
The affidavit says the informant was using techniques he learned about from Perverted Justice. On its Web site, Perverted Justice says its trained contributors pose as children on the Internet and, if they are solicited for sex by adults, work with police.
Bowman said the informant was not a law-enforcement officer.
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