DATE: May 28, 2015
CASE: Walter Kotko
PROSECUTOR: Deputy District Attorney Morgan Gire
District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert announced that 66-year-old Walter Kotko was convicted by jury of committing sexual intercourse, sodomy, sexual penetration and oral copulation against a child under the age of 10, committing a lewd and lascivious act on a child under the age of 14 and a multiple victim enhancement.
Kotko began molesting a female family member in 2005 when she was 8 years old. When the victim was 10, her mother found her crying in the bathroom. The mother began asking her questions and the victim disclosed that Kotko had been sexually assaulting her. The police were called and Kotko was arrested.
After this case was filed, it was discovered Kotko’s former neighbor reported having been molested by Kotko between 1994 and 1998 when she was between the ages of 9 and 12. The case was investigated, but never prosecuted. The details of the molestations were similar and the victims had never met or known of the other’s allegations. Charges were added against Kotko for the earlier molestation victim.
Kotko faces a maximum potential sentence of 138 years to life in prison. Sentencing is set for June 19, 2015 at 2:30 p.m. in Department 22 before the Honorable Russell Hom.
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