Joseph Walker, 33, was staying with family friends when the girl’s mother found him next to the child on an air mattress with a blanket covering them.When the mother removed the blanket to get her daughter ready for bed, the young girl’s pants and underwear were down to her knees.
She told her mother Walker had her fondle him and Walker later admitted to sexually abusing the girl on at least two occasions.
The child’s parents and other family members attended the hearing before Criminal Court Judge John Campbell.
“We are her warriors and she is the victor,” her tearful mother testified while looking directly at Walker. “We pray you find God before judgment day.”
The incidents occurred in March of last year.
Walker will be placed on the Sex Offenders Registry and will be under community supervision for life.
The case was handled by assistant district attorney Eric Christensen of the Special Victims Unit (SVU). The unit prosecutes cases of child sexual abuse and severe physical abuse of child victims; rape and aggravated rape of adult victims, and abuse of elderly and vulnerable adults.
SVU reviews child-victim cases cooperatively with Shelby County’s multi-agency Child Protection Investigative Team.