A Pennsylvania man pleaded guilty to several charges in Henry County after an undercover operation by the Henry County Sheriff’s Office ICAC (Internet Crimes Against Children) Investigative Unit.
Interim Sheriff Wayne Davis said the unit began an undercover chat operation in September 2022. During the operation, Robert Steven Walker approached one of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office Investigators in a chatroom.
“Over a period of time during the chats, Mr. Walker conducted himself in a very graphic sexual manner,” Davis said in a release. It was also discovered during the investigation that Mr. Walker is a retired law enforcement officer in Pennsylvania.
In March, Henry County Sheriff’s Office ICAC investigators traveled to Clifton Heights, Pennsylvania. Along with the assistance of United States Homeland Security Investigators and investigators from the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office, a search warrant was executed at Walker’s residence, and he was taken into custody without incident.
On October 19, Walker, 66, of 5237 Clifton Heights, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in Henry County Circuit Court to 10 counts of using a computer to solicit a child. He was sentenced to serve 17 years in prison.
Davis said the Henry County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the United States Homeland Security Investigations Division and the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office for their assistance in this operation.
“The Henry County Sheriff’s Office takes children’s safety very seriously,” Davis wrote. “This specialized unit will continue to conduct these styles of operations to ensure that we provide the safest environment and community we can for our youth. We also ask the community to speak to their children about social media platforms and the dangers they potentially could pose.”