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Prison guard arrested on suspicion of sex abuse at teen pool parties

July 19, 2012 |  8:51 am

A California prison guard has been arrested on suspicion of child molestation and using a minor for sex acts after he allegedly hosted pool parties for kids, authorities said.

Amador County Sheriff's deputies said they first began investigating after parents alleged that their daughter had been molested by Johnny Irvin Walters, an officer at Mule Creek State Prison in Ione.

Detectives interviewed two girls, unrelated to the initial victim, who both reported that Walters gave them alcohol to the point where they passed out. When they woke up, they were in a bed and Walters was allegedly sexually assaulting them, authorities said.

Photos also surfaced on a social media site that show Walters hosting pool parties, where alcohol was allegedly available to minors and inappropriate sex allegedly occurred. The parents brought those pictures to authorities' attention.

A search of Walters' home confirmed the girls' stories, authorities said. Deputies also found evidence he recorded a girl showering at his home, sheriff's officials said.

Walters was arrested and booked into the Amador County Jail on suspicion of using a minor for sex acts, child molestation, furnishing alcohol to a person under 21, and multiple violations of business and professional codes, according to sheriff's officials.

Amador County detectives say the investigation is ongoing, and more underage victims may be involved.


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