Former youth camp counselor arrested in Internet luring, sexual exploitation investigation

Ian Robert Walker investigated

DURANGO, Colo. - A former youth camp counselor in southern Colorado has been arrested in an investigation of Internet luring and sexual exploitation involving a child who attended the camp.

On Thursday, authorities said they are looking for additional victims from the camp as part of the investigation.

According to the La Plata County Sheriff's Office, 24-year-old Ian Robert Walker was arrested on the Adams State College in Alamosa on Jan. 16.  The sheriff's office said the alleged victim lives in Pueblo but attended a youth camp in South Fork, Colo.   Investigators said Walker met the child at the camp.

Walker wrote about working at the camp on his blog: "This last summer I had the wonderful opportunity to play music for a church camp called Beaver Creek Youth Camp, a church camp that I have been a counselor/camper at for most of my life.  This is a wonderful place to go to meet people.  Some of the friends I’ve made at this camp have become family. "

Investigators had a different take on his interest in friends made at the camp.

"Walker had been in contact with a child in Pueblo under the age of 15 via text messaging, asking for images from the child as well as sending images to the child," a release from the sheriff's office stated.

Pueblo police participated in the investigation.

Walker was charged with internet luring of a child/sexual exploitation of a child, according to the sheriff's office.  He was booked into the Alamosa County Jail where he posted bond and was released.

Investigators also searched Walker's home in Alamosa, looking for evidence.

"Walker worked several years as a church camp counselor in South Fork and there is concern there may be additional victims in La Plata County," the sheriff's office said.  "Other potential victims are being identified and additional charges may be pending against Walker."

The man who oversees the Methodist camp,  Rev. Marv Vose, told 7NEWS he was shocked by news of Walker's arrest.

"We take these allegations very seriously and are now reviewing their policies to ensure this doesn’t happen again," he said. "We want to have a safe place for everyone."

The La Plata County Sheriff’s Office would like to hear from anyone who may have information about Ian Walker.  Investigator Tonya Golbricht can be contacted at 970-382-7019.  

"If there are any more victims, we want to be part of the healing process," Rev. Vose told 7NEWS.