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Fmr. DelCo police officer charged with rape

Friday, December 30, 2011

An elected official and former Darby Township police officer has been charged with using his position to commit sexual crimes against women.

The Delaware County District Attorney's Office says Kevin Walker, a former Darby Township police officer and elected state constable for the city of Chester where he lives, harassed, threatened, stalked and in one case, raped vulnerable women while on duty.

In a statement, District Attorney G. Michael Green said, "As alleged in the Affidavits, the defendant used his position as a police officer to prey upon and violate women in vulnerable circumstances, and in doing so, he breached the public's trust."

Darby Township Police Chief Leonard McDevitt, who just took over the department this year, says an investigation into Walker started over the summer.

Walker was suspended and later fired.

Documents state during a traffic stop, Walker arrested one victim who was pregnant at the time, accused her of drug possession, threw her in a jail cell and made her commit a sex act before releasing her.

Another woman says she had sex with Walker five or six times inside the station because she was afraid he would arrest her.

A third woman says after Walker responded to her home for a domestic assault, he repeatedly called her and sent her text messages.

"I've seen no forensic evidence, no scientific evidence no physical evidence in any way, shape, or form that would back up any of the accusations," Walker's attorney Jacquie Jones said.

Walker's attorney says the father and husband won't be doing any of his elected constable duties as he fights to prove his innocence.

As a constable he worked for the courts and transported defendants.

"He's a person that always has been friendly, always been open, always been willing to give a hand and help someone and I think right now he's more hurt than anything," Jones said.

Upon becoming aware of the allegations and conducting an internal investigation, the Darby Township Police Department in July 2011 suspended Walker with the intent to terminate.

On Thursday, Chief Samuel Ziviello of the Delaware County Park Police and Director of the Constable Transport Team, suspended Walker without pay pending the outcome of the charges.

Walker is out of jail on a $50,000 bail.

Also as a condition of bail, Walker has to turn over his guns and any law enforcement equipment.

Meanwhile, the police chief plans to talk on camera about this case tomorrow.

Anyone with further information is asked to contact Detective Thomas Worrilow of the Special Investigation Unit at 610-891-4244.

The preliminary hearing for these cases is scheduled for January 10, 2012.

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