December hearing planned for Dyer Brook man arrested on sex charge

John Walker
Department of Public Safety
John Walker
Posted Oct. 07, 2013, at 5:39 p.m.

DYER BROOK, Maine — A Dyer Brook man arrested and charged in April with unlawful sexual touching has pleaded not guilty to the crime, and attorneys will meet in December to seek a resolution to the case.

Aroostook County Assistant District Attorney Kurt Kafferlin confirmed on Friday that the case against John Walker, 65, is still moving through the court system. A court clerk said Monday that a dispositional conference in the case has been scheduled for Dec. 18. Such a conference is held between the defendant’s attorney and the prosecutor to discuss whether an agreement can be reached on how to settle the case. If an agreement is not reached, negotiations continue until a deadline set by the court.

Walker had clergy visitation rights at the Aroostook County Jail in Houlton when he was arrested at his home at 140 Hillcrest Lane on April 5, according to Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Department of Public Safety.

The victim was dating an inmate at the time and Walker allegedly met her at the jail while she was visiting her boyfriend.

McCausland said that Walker was providing “spiritual counseling” to the 30-year-old at his home, where the alleged offense occurred. The woman reported the incident to state police.

Walker made his first court appearance in May and remains free on bail.

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