Police: Registered sex offender arrested for sexual exploitation of a minor

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LEHI, Utah (ABC4 News) – A man listed on the sex offender registry for sexually abusing a girl in 2005 has been re-arrested after police found evidence he was sharing images of child pornography over the internet. 

Investigators in Lehi were informed on March 28 that files of child pornography were being shared from peer to peer through networks on the internet. The files contained videos of child pornography and several pictures of an 11 to 13-year-old girl. 

After investigators received the IP address from the suspected computer being used, they were able to identify its owner as 37-year-old Joshua Walker of Lehi.

A search warrant was obtained for the home and served on April 19. Walker was not home at the time, but police contacted him by phone where he agreed to return to his residence.

Walker did not return to the house and avoided being captured. Walker was taken into custody on Wednesday.

Investigators asked if he brought his phone and he told them he did not have it. While Walker was speaking with his attorney on the phone, detectives called his cell phone.

The phone was heard ringing inside the suspect’s vehicle. It was taken into evidence.

Walker was booked into the Utah County Jail for two counts second-degree felony sexual exploitation of a minor and one misdemeanor count of obstruction of justice. 

Walker was convicted in 2005 on three counts third-degree felony sex abuse of a child and was sentenced to up to five years at the Utah State Prison. The prison sentence was suspended, and he was given one-year home confinement, 108 months of probation and a fine of $1,500 and complete the LDS FS Pornography Addiction Program. 

He violated his probation in 2010 and was sent to jail for one year; the reason for that violation was not available. 

He violated his probation again in 2011 after admitting to a therapist he had been watching pornography while attending Salt Lake Community College.

Walker was given 30 days and credit for time already served. He was released early from probation in June 2012. 

HSI encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free Tip Line at 1-866-DHS-2-ICE or by completing its online tip form.

Both are staffed around the clock by investigators. From outside the U.S. and Canada, callers should dial 802-872-6199. Hearing impaired users can call TTY 802-872-6196.

Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, via its toll-free 24-hour hotline, 1-800-THE-LOST.

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