Orlando, Florida – United States District Judge Wendy W. Berger sentenced Derremy Jerrell Walker (31, Sanford) to 60 years in federal prison on two counts of use or attempted use children to produce sexually explicit videos. A federal jury had found Walker guilty of the offenses on June 29, 2021. Walker was also ordered to serve a life supervision sentence and to register as a sex offender.
According to the evidence admitted during the trial and at sentencing, Walker was a contract janitor at Oviedo High School in November 2019 when two 15-year-old students discovered a recording cell phone actively hidden under the sink in a student bathroom. The girls picked up the phone from the school administrators, who contacted the Oviedo Police Department.
A forensic analysis of the cell phone revealed that Walker had placed the phone in the same location on two previous dates in November 2019, each time creating an hour-long video of students at that booth. By the time the girls found the phone, it had been recording for about 15 minutes before finding out. In all three cases, Walker had aimed the cell phone’s camera in an attempt to capture images of the genitals of those in the stall. School administrators and law enforcement officials were able to identify 8 of 12 students unknowingly captured in videos recorded by Walker.
Further analysis revealed that Walker also set up a clandestine cellphone camera for recording in the school’s faculty bathroom earlier this month.
“Mr. Walker did more than just produce horror; he stole the innocence and trust of these young victims. We are delighted with the sentence handed down in this case and will continue our efforts to protect the children of our communities. against sexual exploitation and abuse, âsaid Michael McPherson, special agent for the FBI Tampa Division.
This matter was investigated by the Oviedo Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He was sued by Deputy United States Attorney Shawn P. Napier.
This case was brought up as part of the Safe Childhood Project, a national initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Prosecutor’s Offices and the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS) of the Criminal Division, Project Safe Childhood brings together federal, state and local resources to locate, apprehend and prosecute people who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information on the Safe Childhood Project, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.