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Fmr. Teacher Pleads Not Guilty to Sex Crimes with a Student
WEWOKA, OK -- A former teacher accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student turns himself in to authorities and bonds out the same day.
"We came and we took care of the warrant and posted bond," said Walden's attorney, Ed Blau.
Russell Walden pled not guilty to three felony charges including sexual battery, child sexual abuse and child abuse by sexual exploitation.
"The three allegations all involve improper sexual conduct with a student at the school," said Blau.
Prosecutors say Walden tried to have sex with a 16-year-old student at the home he shared with his wife and two kids. Since his wife is the principal, their home is located on school property.
According to court documents, Walden confessed to kissing, rubbing, texting and sending nude photos to the teen.
Court documents show the victim had Walden's phone number in her cell phone as (MSL) My Secret Lover.
"Oklahoma law says no matter the student's age, he or she can not consent to any type of sexual act with an administrator, a teacher, any employee of the school," said Blau.
Walden recently resigned from his teaching job at Butner Schools in Cromwell where he also served as Athletic Director.
A judge ordered Walden not to have any contact with the student or her family.
Walden's next court date is set for February 21st.
When asked about the allegations, Butner Schools released this statement "The board of education voted to accept Mr. Walden's resignation, effective 12/15/12. The District does not comment on personnel matters or matters concerning our students. "
Posted: Tuesday, December 18 2012, 09:26 PM CST
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Okla. grand jury returns new charges on ex-judge
May 23, 2013 23:32 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Oklahoma's multicounty grand jury has returned new indictments against a former Lincoln County judge who already faces embezzlement and cattle theft charges.
The grand jury handed up the indictments Thursday against 47-year-old Craig S. Key of Chandler.
Key turned himself in last month to Lincoln County authorities who set bond at $10,000.
One indictment accuses Key of harboring a fugitive by allegedly encouraging a client facing criminal charges in Lincoln and Jefferson counties to flee the state to avoid prosecution.
Another charges Key with five counts of delivery of a forged note and accuses him of forging the name of a woman whose signature was required on escrow account checks that Key was also required to sign.
Key's attorney, Cheryl Ramsey of Stillwater, says the additional indictments are no surprise.
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