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CORRECTION: Man charged with sex acts with a Santa Clarita minor

Corrects city of origin for alleged victim, suspect

Posted: August 27, 2014 5:47 p.m.
Updated: August 27, 2014 5:47 p.m.

After allegedly arranging to meet a teen in Santa Clarita for sex, a 44-year-old Anaheim man was instead greeted by Special Victims Bureau investigators, who arrested him on suspicion of having an illegal yearlong relationship with the alleged victim, an investigator said Wednesday.

Now Jason Brett Walsh is facing 21 felony counts that could result in decades behind bars if convicted on all charges, said Sgt. Brian Hudson of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Special Victims Unit for the Santa Clarita and Antelope valleys.

Investigators believe Walsh met the girl, who is under 16, through, an online instant messaging service, about a year ago and “engaged in conversations with her that were sexual in nature,” Hudson said.

“He eventually arranged to meet the minor in Santa Clarita back in July,” the investigator said.

There was sexual contact between the two at that meeting, Hudson added.

Walsh’s arrest occurred after he allegedly arranged a second meeting with the girl on Aug. 21 in Santa Clarita.

Instead, the victim’s parents contacted authorities, who set up a sting and arrested Walsh in Santa Clarita, Hudson said.

Prosecutors have charged Walsh with contact with a minor for sexual offense; sending/bringing obscene material into the state for sale; sending harmful matter to a minor; possessing child pornography; meeting a minor for lewd purposes; oral copulation with a child under 18; sexual penetration with a foreign object; and using a minor for sex acts.

Several of the charges contain multiple counts alleging repeated offenses, Hudson said.

Each of the 21 counts carries a maximum sentence of four years in state prison. Walsh could get up to 60 years behind bars if he’s convicted on all counts and sentenced to the maximum penalties, Hudson said.

Walsh was being held Wednesday on $1.9 million bail, Hudson said.

Investigators don’t believe there were other victims in the case. Walsh has no prior criminal record, said Hudson.


NotSoAwesomeTown: Posted: August 27, 2014 9:49 p.m.

Another news source has him listed as living in Anaheim.

projalice11: Posted: August 28, 2014 12:55 a.m.

"Another news source has him listed as living in Anaheim"
Nothing in the article was contrary to this.
"After allegedly arranging to meet a teen in Santa Clarita for sex, a 44-year-old from
Anaheim was apprehended"

NotSoAwesomeTown: Posted: August 28, 2014 11:48 a.m.

This article was corrected, projalice - hence the "CORRECTED" in the title. It had the perp listed as being from Santa Clarita prior to my comment above.

Unreal: Posted: August 28, 2014 11:48 a.m.

I wonder if the girl or one of her friends told her parents or the parents found out on their own. It is so hard to keep track of your kids contacts these days with all the electronic equipment they have.

I am glad she is now safe and we have one more weirdo off the streets, or at least being tracked.

johnnyrock: Posted: August 28, 2014 12:41 p.m.

When are these teens going to realize how dangerous this game is? I hope he rots in jail, or maybe Bubba will like him.

AdamTwelve: Posted: August 28, 2014 3:37 p.m.

A yearlong sexual tryst with a 16 yr old. Throw the book at this loser. But

more importantly where were the parents in all this? Did the 16 yr old go to

Anaheim? Did they consummate their online relationship in SCV? How does a 16 yr old able to escape/evade her parents and do this? This is by no means a victimless crime, but there are 3 parties to blame here--

at 16 you should know better (unless she suffers from some mental malady), the 44 yr old is criminal, but the parents, where were they? Is failure to protect, failure to teach your kids better in the Penal Code? It should be.

AdamTwelve: Posted: August 28, 2014 3:40 p.m.


EXACTLY! hence vigilance, parents who aren't able to shield their kids from all this online nonesense should be held accountable. Laws have to be adjusted to ensure parents work overtime to protect and educate their kids, this is happening way too often.

Unreal: Posted: August 28, 2014 4:00 p.m.

Adamtwelve: I don't agree with going after the parents. My parents had no clue what I was doing when I was a teen and that was decades ago.
Parents can do their best and should, but kids will always find a way to get around them if they want to. ALWAYS

Just look at Gods kids in the garden. They sure got into things they were told not to. Are you going to blame God?

NotSoAwesomeTown: Posted: August 28, 2014 4:01 p.m.

I shudder to think what COULD have happened in this situation. That girl's lucky to be alive.

Unreal: Posted: August 28, 2014 4:07 p.m.

It says in the story that she only met him once in July here in SCV.

I am sure the parents will be keeping a close eye, but kids can borrow a phone or computer or tablet from any friend at school. Prepay Cellphones fare as cheap as 20 bucks and can be purchased at Walmart with access to the WEB.

You have to develop a relationship with your kids so when they get into any situation they can trust that you will help them. For instance call me if you ever need a ride because you do not feel safe where you are at or someone has been drinking and you need a ride. When my kids were growing up I got a couple calls to come pick them up and a friend too. I am glad they felt they could reach out to me.

AdamTwelve: Posted: August 28, 2014 4:24 p.m.


"You have to develop a relationship with your kids so when they get into any situation they can trust that you will help them." That's it right there, Unreal. And all that starts when they are young, I'm sure if you dig deeper there will be more issues between the 16 yr old and her parents, from neglect to abuse.

Maybe it was in fact the 16 yr old who was the Lolita in this relationship, who knows, and you are right that by 16 yrs old, they are pretty much on auto pilot, but it's the lessons you gave them when young that echos in their decision making process. Again, most of these cases are cries for help, look into neglect or abuse in the household.

As for God kicking his "kids" out of the Garden of Eden. Not only were they set up to fail, but a closer reading of Scriptures also tell us that God was actually saving his own butt by kicking them out of the Garden--to paraphrase, "They've already eaten from the Tree of Knowledge, let's kick them out before they partake of the Tree of Life."

AdamTwelve: Posted: August 28, 2014 4:26 p.m.


Whatever happened already DID happen, they consummated their online relationship. The guy's criminal, but a booty call is a booty call.

Unreal: Posted: August 28, 2014 4:55 p.m.

She may not have gone "all the way" with him the first time. In fact, there is a good chance she did not.

If we had eaten of the tree of life after the fall we would forever be sinful and separated from GOD as the fallen Angels are.

By saving us with his son's sacrifice we are able to reclaim perfection with GOD in a perfect paradise as he originally intended.

Just looking around at the crap in this world I sure would not want it to go on forever with no hope of a better life someday.

AdamTwelve: Posted: August 28, 2014 5:10 p.m.


The article says there was sexual contact, are you saying they just jerked each other off? Maybe you're right, as rape isn't on the list.

As for both the Trees of Knowledge and Life, why not just not have them in the Garden at all, was it a test? If so why? If God is all knowing, all powerful, all time (past/present/future), wouldn't had he known? Hence the set up for failure comment.

As history it doesn't makes sense and as metaphor is doesn't makes sense, which only means the writer for portions of Genesis and Exodus wrote a satire, poking fun at the ideation of "GOD".

Epicurus' trilemma

One of the earliest uses of the trilemma formulation is that of the Greek philosopher Epicurus, rejecting the idea of an omnipotent and omnibenevolent God (as summarised by David Hume):

If God is unable to prevent evil, then he is not all-powerful.
If God is not willing to prevent evil, then he is not all-good.
If God is both willing and able to prevent evil, then why does evil exist?

NotSoAwesomeTown: Posted: August 28, 2014 5:25 p.m.

She could have been raped and killed. She's lucky to be alive and lets hope she learns from this, as do her parents.

ohhyaa: Posted: August 28, 2014 11:08 p.m.

AdamTwelve, your choice of words lead me to believe you are a youngster. Are you Adam and Twelve?

AdamTwelve: Posted: August 29, 2014 12:52 a.m.


Which word choice specifically?

AdamTwelve: Posted: August 29, 2014 12:53 a.m.

You have a point to make, make it, don't waste space with your feeble attempts at personal attacks.

bobforte: Posted: August 29, 2014 9:10 a.m.

Ohhyaa, I am going to have to agree with you. Adam thinks there is a SHeriff substation in Acton that actually serves SCV, specifically his neighborhood.

And geez Adam, talk about personal attacks.

I think Ohhyaa hit the nail on the head.

chefgirl358: Posted: August 29, 2014 10:33 p.m.


Seriously, do you really think parents can know where their 16 yr olds are at all times? Because my friends and I were sometimes not even in the state when we'd all lie to our parents and tell them we were each sleeping over at so and so's house.

I was on the back of motorcycles in Palm Springs during Spring Break, doing what kids do in Havasu, even turnaround trips to Vegas and I can assure you my parents had NO idea at all, nor were they uninvolved or stupid. But they believed me and had no reason not to (since I hadn't been found to be lying about things like this before) when I said I was sleeping over at my girlfriend's house. I think most kids do something like that at some point, and it's just a matter of whether you get busted or not.

AdamTwelve: Posted: August 30, 2014 12:23 a.m.


Why are you so scared to go back to the Jennifer Stift thread and read the cross streets of the substation? I want you to read what I wrote there. Go back to the original thread, bob, you'll get the cross streets.

Can a 12 yr old spank you backwards and forwards on the Vehicle Code? I think not, bob.


I have two daughters still ages 4 and 6, and I intend to protect them and teach them wrong from right, fear and danger, how not to be a victim, all that good stuff, so they won't have to take the circuitous route thru life.

Will they get creative and lie, sure--hell, by the time they're dating they will be doing solid BIs and use the Reed technique on their potential suitors.

But taking trips to Palm Springs backriding behind some Mongol's (even the now friendlier version of this club) motorcycle, WILL NOT HAPPEN--for one there won't be any sleep overs, at all in both their future.

Again the point is that it is a parental issue, the fact that your parents let you do all that at 16 is very questionable, not very many parents this day of age condone such behavior. That's definitely nothing to be proud of.

6boydad: Posted: August 30, 2014 1:53 a.m.

Adam Twelve,
Two daughters, ages 4 and 6? I wish you luck, I really do. You've only just begun and are still working from theory and (dare I say it?) wishful thinking. I really do hope it works out for you.

AdamTwelve: Posted: August 30, 2014 2:18 a.m.


Thanks. I know it's an uphill battle, hence all the martial arts classes instead of ballet and hitting the books instead of sleepovers.

I've talked to a lot of old school dads in similar situation whose daughters are not only happy and strong, but never went thru that dating the bad boy or let's leave the state phase.

The point is not every teenage girl rebels and dates 20 boys. And a lot of that has to do with common sense training. So this premise that girls will sneak out and cross the state line and do coke is ABSURD. It all starts with parenting.

Hence above all else, in this story, I blame the parents first.

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