According to a report from the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office, Ryan Michael Walker, 32, has been charged with 40 felonies in a child sexual abuse and child pornography investigation.

The Nacogdoches County man was taken into custody without incident on September 13 on warrants for two counts of second-degree felony sexual assault of a child. The additional 38 charges for possession or promotion of child pornography were filed as the investigation progressed.

Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office investigators received multiple complaints from separate individuals who became aware of an alleged ongoing sexual relationship between Walker and the victim, and that Walker had sent nude images to the victim. The abuse is believed to have begun in June 2022 when the victim was 15 years old.

Walker consented to a search of his phone, and investigators discovered 38 pornographic images. This investigation is ongoing, and additional charges are possible.

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The Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Family Crisis Center of East Texas and Harold’s House Alliance for Children for their assistance in this case.

Under the Texas Penal Code, second-degree felonies carry a punishment range of between two and twenty years of incarceration. Third-degree felonies are punishable by between two and ten years in prison. Both second and third-degree felony charges also carry a potential fine of up to $10,000.

This marks the second arrest by the NCSO involving the sexual abuse of a child. Clayton Paul Williams, 35, of Garrison, Texas, was recently charged with 198 first-degree felony counts of sexual assault of a child. He was jailed on bonds totaling $2.5 million.

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