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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Indiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Bartholomew County man sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for sexual exploitation of a child

Indianapolis – United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler announced today, Levi Alexander Walters, 28, Westport, Ind., was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for three counts of sexual exploitation of a child.

“To uncover evidence that a man you trusted, entered your child’s bedroom, and preyed upon her innocence while she tried to sleep is every parent’s worst nightmare,” said Minkler.  “Bringing that perpetrator to justice is an essential part of restoring that child’s belief that there are still good adults who will protect her.”

The investigation into Walters’ conduct began when the child victim’s mother called police to report that she found videos on Walters’ phone, showing Walters engaged in sexual conduct with her child, who was younger than 10 years old. Deputies from the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office responded to the victim’s residence and were met with a very volatile situation. Walters had obtained two firearms and threatened to commit suicide after the child’s mother found evidence of the abuse and began calling police. The deputies were able to place Walters in custody, ensuring the immediate safety of the victim and her mother.

The Indiana State Police Cyber Crime Unit were requested to conduct an examination of Walters’ cell phone. The examination revealed numerous videos and images depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department, and the Indiana State Police.

“This type of behavior will not be condoned in Bartholomew County,” said Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Major Chris Lane. “Our focus is always on the victim in these types of cases; we want to always be sure they get the justice and the compassion they deserve.”

“Indiana State Police investigators work diligently every day, all across Indiana, and in close collaboration with its law enforcement partners, to bring to justice those who seek to perpetuate the victimization of children”, said Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas G. Carter.

“This sentence should put child predators around the state on notice that the FBI and our law enforcement partners do not tolerate child exploitation in Indiana,” said FBI Indianapolis Special Agent in Charge Paul Keenan. “We will use every technique in our arsenal to unmask you and hold you accountable for your criminal activity.”

According to Assistant United States Attorney Kristina Korobov, who prosecuted this case for the government, said Chief Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson also sentenced Walters to an additional 15 years of supervised release following his federal prison sentence, and ordered him to pay over $10,000 in restitution to the minor victim.

In October 2017, United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler announced a Strategic Plan designed to shape and strengthen the District’s response to its most significant public safety challenges. This prosecution demonstrates the office’s firm commitment to target, investigate, and prosecute those who exploit and harm children or other vulnerable victims. (See United States Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Indiana Strategic Plan Sections 4.1 and 4.2)

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Project Safe Childhood
Updated September 30, 2020