Jordan K. Walker, of Dothan Alabama was found guilty Wednesday of traveling to meet a minor to engage in sexual conduct and unlawful use of a two-way communications device.
Walker had been arrested last October with four other suspects in Operation Nightstalker; an undercover project by the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office that targeted suspects communicating with individuals they believed to be a minor for sex.
The jury heard evidence that Walker contacted an individual using KIK, a social media application, and within the first few exchanges of the chat, the individual he contacted revealed that she was a 12-year-old female. The girl was in reality an undercover officer posing as a child.
The evidence showed that the undercover officer repeatedly brought up her young age and the fact that she was inexperienced in sexual matters. Despite this Walker continued to approach the “child,” bringing up the subject of engaging in sexual acts and meeting with her to engage in these acts. When it was established that the child was inexperienced; the defendant offered to teach her. He aggressively pursued the child, offering to come over numerous times, and requested the child’s address.
He then traveled to an agreed upon location near the child’s home to meet the child and then proceed to the child’s home to engage in the sexual acts he had described. Upon arriving at the “undercover location” he was arrested by officers from the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office.
Walker faces up to 20 years in prison and will be designated as a sexual offender with the requirement to register as such for life, according to a press release from the State Attorney for the First Judicial Circuit. Walker's sentencing is set for Jan. 7, 2019.
The investigation and arrest were conducted by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the Children’s Advocacy Center. Assistant State Attorney Christine Bosau prosecuted the case.