Former teacher’s attorney seeks new trial
Ex-high school activities director convicted of Internet luring of child
A former Grand Junction High School administrator recently convicted of attempted Internet luring of child and attempted enticement of a child is seeking a new trial.
In a motion filed last week, attorney Colleen Scissors said her client, Johnnie Walker, 51, should get a second trial, “based on the grounds that certain evidence was improperly admitted.”
District Judge Thomas Deister on Oct. 14 gave Scissors two weeks to file another motion explaining in detail why a new jury should hear the case.
Scissors’ request does not specify the evidence she believes to be improper.
Over defense objections, Walker’s jury was allowed to see a photo montage showing several young girls all posed in a sexually suggestive manner. Walker’s photo was included in the montage.
Law enforcement officials have said the montage was found on the same school-owned computer that Walker used for explicit Internet chats with a Texas man, who was posing as a 14-year-old girl from Colorado Springs.
Scissors has argued Walker did not create the photo montage.
A jury on Sept. 25 convicted Walker and made a separate finding that Walker engaged in the chats for the specific goal of sexual contact with a child. Deputy District Attorney David Waite has suggested he will not push for prison during Walker’s sentencing hearing scheduled for Dec. 7.
Walker faces a minimum of 10 years to life on probation and must register as a sex offender.
He remains free on bond.