Longtime PIO ‘held visible position of public trust’
by Gregg MacDonald
The child pornography case of a 15-year veteran and public spokesman for the Fairfax County Police Department has been continued until Sept. 8.
On June 17 before Fairfax County District Judge Thomas Gallahue, PFC and former public information officer William “Bud” Walker, 50, entered the courtroom dressed in a dark suit and sat quietly as his attorney, Ed Nuttall, asked for and was granted a continuance of the case until September. Nuttall declined to comment on the case.
Detectives in the Major Crimes Division’s Child Exploitation Unit arrested Walker on April 15, at police headquarters. Police said detectives were contacted by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children last July and were provided a CyberTip, originally received through photo networking site Tumblr. The tip alleged that child pornography had been uploaded through Tumblr’s servers and police later determined that the location of the upload came from a residence within Fairfax County.
Detectives began their investigation on April 6, and on April 8, determined the residence was owned by Walker. He was relieved of duty on April 9 and was charged on April 15 with two counts of possession of child pornography.
Walker was originally hired by the agency in December 1999. He worked in a patrol capacity at the West Springfield District Station until 2004. He then took a position in the Public Information Office until 2006. Walker returned to patrol at the West Springfield District Station in March 2006 before being assigned to South County High School as a School Resource Officer, where he worked from November 2006 until August 2009. He returned to the Public Information Office, where he worked until being relieved of duty on April 9.
Walker has posted a $15,000 bond and currently remains on paid administrative leave, according to police.
In April, Fairfax County General District Court Judge Richard E. Gardiner ordered Walker not to use computers and to not have any unsupervised contact with minors until his case is concluded.
Colonel Edwin C. Roessler Jr., Fairfax County chief of police, said that based on the fact that Walker held a visible position of public trust, Roessler felt it was imperative to place the safety of the public at the forefront of the investigation and was appreciative of the diligent work of the numerous detectives assigned to the case.
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