Lansford teen admits sexual assault of girls
A Lansford teen pleaded guilty in Carbon County court on Monday morning to sexually assaulting two young girls.
Lamark Deandre Walker Jr., 18, pleaded guilty in two pending criminal cases involving two victims, both 13 at the time. He pleaded to one count of statutory sexual assault, a felony 2, and in the second case to a charge of indecent assault of a person less than 16, a misdemeanor 2. In exchange for the pleas the district attorney’s office agreed to drop counts of aggravated sexual assault and indecent assault in the first case; and charges of aggravated indecent assault and statutory sexual assault in the second case.
President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II accepted the pleas and told Walker, under state sentencing guidelines, for the statutory sexual assault count he faces a state prison term of between 48 and 96 months.
Walker was charged as an adult as per state law because he was involved in two previous felony sexual assault cases in juvenile court, and because of the felony charges in these cases.
Lansford police charged Walker for incidents in November 2018 at a residence in the Lansford Court development. At the time of his arrest, Lansford Police Chief Jack Soberick said when his department learned of the alleged assaults, they moved quickly to file charges to prevent any further victims.
The victims admitted to having sex with Walker at his residence in Lansford Court. The incidents occurred between November and December 2018.
Police began investigating after a mother came forward in December stating that she believed that Walker had sex with her daughter. She also learned that Walker was four years older than her daughter.
Police searched the girl’s devices and social media accounts and found several pictures of her with Walker.
The girl admitted in an interview that she had sex with Walker on Dec. 26.
The second victim was interviewed by police and said she had sex with Walker and he refused to stop when she asked. She also said they had consensual sex on other occasions.
Nanovic deferred sentencing because the charges fall under the provisions of Megan’s Law. Walker will be evaluated by the state sexual offenders assessment board to determine if he is a sexually violent predator. If it is determined he is, then he will have to register for life as a sexual offender. If not, the registration period is 25 years.
Nanovic also ordered the adult probation office to prepare a presentence investigation report.