Trial on Internet luring postponed until Sept. 21

It’s been more than two years since local law enforcement arrested a Grand Junction High School administrator on suspicion of being an Internet predator, but it won’t be until the fall when a jury will decide the fate of Johnnie Walker.

With two trial dates already delayed, Mesa County District Attorney Thomas Deister begrudgingly allowed Walker’s defense attorney, Colleen Scissors, a continuation. Walker’s trial, which had been slated for later this month, was postponed to Sept. 21.

“I will not continue this case for law enforcement training,” Deister said, including a number of other reasons that he would not continue the trial again. “This case will be two-and-a-half years old, and I will not put it off any longer.”

During a motions hearing Thursday, Scissors said her expert witness, Robert Lelewski, was fired from a computer-
forensics company in Denver and is facing federal allegations for misconduct against the firm.

Using him as a witness would put her client at a disadvantage at trial, Scissors argued.

Prosecutors have said they will use a photo montage of teenage girls on Walker’s computer as evidence in the case.

Walker will be tried on one charge of attempted Internet luring of child. Similar charges in his case have been dropped or dismissed.

Walker was arrested in April 2007 on suspicion he attempted via the Internet to lure someone he believed to be a 14-year-old girl into having sex. He resigned as the activities director at Grand Junction High and now lives on the Front Range.


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