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Judge drops Quincy man's charge of sexual conduct with animal

Posted: Sep. 5, 2018 10:25 pm

QUINCY -- A charge accusing a Quincy man of sexual conduct with an animal was dismissed Wednesday.

Court records show that the motion to dismiss the felony charge against Robert J. Walker Jr. was filed by his attorney, Riff Scholz and granted by Adams County Circuit Court Judge Robert Adrian. Walker still faces one misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct and will appear in court Sept. 20.

The charges stem from a 2017 incident in which Walker was alleged to have promoted activity involving sexual conduct with an Akita dog. Walker's Facebook post on July 27 allegedly said that he found the dog but its owner wouldn't answer the phone, and that the dog destroyed a hose and ripped out his own dog's throat.

He then allegedly threatened to sexually abuse the dog before he gave it back to the owner. "Whoops to (sic) late I already did," the charging documents claim Walker stated.

During his preliminary hearing, Walker testified that he made the comments as a joke, and he admitted the posts were distasteful.

The report of Quincy Animal Control officer Steve Scherer, which was presented during the preliminary hearing, said the dog showed no signs of physical harm.

Walker has been free on a $10,000 recognizance bond since charges were filed, and the bond was continued Wednesday.

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