Thursday, July 15, 1999

Ex-cop draws prison in sex case




BY DAN HORN
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Former Police Officer Kevin Walker says the truth about his sexual battery case should be obvious to anyone who heard the evidence against him.

        “It didn't happen,” he told a judge Wednesday in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court. “I am not guilty.”

        But after hearing the same evidence, Judge Arthur Ney told Mr. Walker he deserves to spend the next three years in prison.

        The judge imposed the sentence after prosecutors described Mr. Walker as a sexual predator who preyed on the poor, drug-addicted women he met while on patrol.

        A jury convicted the former officer last month of sexual battery and bribery charges involving two women.

        Prosecutors say Mr. Walker, 35, promised not to arrest the women if they agreed to have sex with him.

        “It was always about sex,” said assistant prosecutor Jerry Kunkel.

        Mr. Walker's prison sentence is the second handed down this year to a former Cincinnati police officer for sex-related offenses.

        The other officer, Patrick Knight, was sentenced to one year in jail by Judge Robert Kraft and is now free while he appeals his conviction.

        Mr. Walker's attorney, Peter Rosenwald, referred to the Knight case Wednesday when he asked Judge Ney to consider a lenient sentence such as probation.

        The judge, however, said the convictions were not identical.

        Mr. Knight was convicted of two counts of bribery and one count of sexual battery, while Mr. Walker was guilty of one count of bribery and three counts of sexual battery. Mr. Walker could have been sentenced to as much as 20 years.

        Mr. Kunkel said a long sentence was justified.

        “As a Cincinnati police officer, he violated a position of trust,” Mr. Kunkel said. “He should be punished for that violation.”

        Mr. Walker, however, was adamant in his denial of guilt. With his family looking on, Mr. Walker said his wife and three children are the real victims in this case.

        He said he is a good father and honest police officer who was ruined by women who were out to get him. He said he had known them for years and that they all knew each other.

        “They lied,” he told the judge. “I was raised to respect women ... I am not guilty of all charges, and I still stand on that.”

        Judge Ney declared Mr. Walker a sexually oriented offender, which means he must register his address with local authorities for 10 years after his release from prison.

       



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