According to an email from Santa Barbara Deputy District Attorney Mary Barron, Joseph Walker pleaded guilty on March 9 to five felony counts. Barron noted that her office filed an amended complaint (click here to read) as well as the plea agreement (click here to read) containing Walker’s “guilty plea to five of those counts, and admissions as to the factual basis for the plea.”
“Walker will be sentenced on June 1 in dept 12 to 5 years in state prison and must register for life as a sex offender,” according to Barron.
Walker’s plea form stated his admission to “a sexual relationship with Jane Doe, DOB 10/19/95, when she was 14 to 15 years of age and I was at least 10 years older than her.”
Barron stated that Walker remains out of jail on own recognizance release. “Because of his early admission of guilt, the plea bargain spared the victim from having to come to court and testify at trial,” she added.
“The additional charges involving Andrew Bourne are reflected, in part, in the conspiracy count for Walker,” she continued, “and would have included at least 6 counts of lewd act upon a child for acts of sexual intercourse with Jane Doe as well as a count of conspiracy to commit a lewd act on a child.”
On Wednesday, Jan. 4, members of the Santa Barbara Police Department with the assistance of the Mammoth Lakes Police Department arrested Walker and Bourne in Mammoth Lakes.
According to the Santa Barbara Police Department, Walker was arrested and booked for 6 counts of 288.3 PC, illegal communication with a minor to facilitate sexual activity and 1 count of 288 (c)(1) PC, unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. Bourne was arrested and booked for 8 counts of 288.3 PC, illegal communication with a minor to facilitate sexual activity.
Both men were released in January on reduced bails of $750,000 each. Shortly after his release, Bourne committed suicide and his case was closed.