INDIANAPOLIS (WTWO/WAWV) — A Greene County man was sentenced to 50 years in prison Wednesday morning for sexual exploitation of a minor and the distribution of child pornography. The man will also serve a lifetime term of supervised released, is required to pay $10,000 to the victim and is banned from contacting the victim or their family.
Brett Alan Walker, 30, Switz City, manipulated a minor to engage in sexual activity in order to create visuals of the child, according to court documents. The Indiana State Police were notified by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Nov. 2019 that Walker had uploaded sexual photos of the minor to Google servers.
ISP and the FBI then began an investigation that confirmed Walker was a convicted sex offender. Police arrested Walker the night before Thanksgiving of 2019, a news release said.
Further review of the evidence seized from the suspect by police showed Walker not only sexually exploited the child but also was distributing photos of them on social media messaging app Kik.
Walker has previously faced convictions of child molestation in 2010 in Marion County. While on probation for the 2010 offense, Walker was convicted of criminal confinement in 2011 for an offense involving a 14-year-old girl. He was released from the state corrections department on December 31, 2016.
“Walker’s fifty-year sentence pales in comparison to the sentence he imposed on the minor victim,” Acting US Attorney John Childress said. “Walker’s actions have demonstrated that he should never have the ability to be in any type of contact with children. This sentence will help ensure that.”
“This lengthy sentence should send a loud and clear message that, while you may think you can hide behind the anonymity of the internet to commit these crimes, we will identify you and bring you to justice,” FBI Indianapolis Agent Paul Keenan said. “The FBI and our law enforcement partners will continue to work diligently to combat the sexual exploitation of our children.”