January 27, 2014: Commonwealth v. William Walker: The Honorable Donna Woelpper sentenced 44 year old William Walker to 24 to 60 years in prison today. Walker, a serial rapist, was arrested in the summer of 2012 for four (4) separate violent rapes of mentally disabled women in the 39th District.
On July 14, 2012, Walker met his first victim, a mentally disabled woman who was residing in an assisted living facility. Walker held the victim down with a pillow over her face, beat, choked and raped her, and was later identified through DNA. Walker found his second victim just two blocks away, who was also living at an assisted living facility for the mentally disabled. Walker pulled this victim into a wooded area, beat her about her head and raped her. Again, he was later identified through DNA evidence. The following day, Walker struck again when he found his next victim on the street smoking a cigarette. He dragged this victim into a wooded area, beat her and raped her. This victim, who was also mentally disabled, returned to the group home she was living in with no pants on and blood on her face. Finally, one week later, a Good Samaritan called 911 when he saw Walker dragging a woman down the street. Police interrupted the assault and found Walker leaning over the victim as he pulled up his pants.
Walker pleaded guilty to four counts of rape, one count of Aggravated Assault, two counts of simple assault and one count of Terroristic Threats. The Court already found him to be a Sexually Violent Predator under Pennsylvania’s Megan’s Law. ADA Ashley Lynam of the Family Violence Sexual Assault Unit successfully prosecuted this case.