Springfield man charged with rape of child

A Springfield man is accused of raping a child.

Christopher Walden, 37, was charged in Clark County Municipal Court with rape. He is due in court for arraignment hearing today.

Springfield police began their investigation Sept. 20 when they were assigned a case to investigate an allege rape of a child under the age of 13, an affidavit filed with the criminal case says. The child victim was interviewed by officials at the Clark County Child Advocacy Center.

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“The child victim disclosed that in August 2019, Christopher Walden had pulled her pants off her in his bedroom and talked to her about (sexual activity),” the affidavit says.

The child victim then told authorities that Walden began to sexually assault her.

“After the child victim stated Mr. Walden was done, the child victim stated that Mr. Walden then pulled his pants down around his ankles and told her to do it to him,” the affidavit says. “The child victim refused at which time Mr. Walden stated ‘fine’ and got dressed.”

The child also disclosed that Walden had told her several other things about sex and said that the child had seen Walden nude and performing a sex act on himself.

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“Mr. Walden was questioned at police headquarters on Oct. 16 and questioned at BCI on Oct. 17,” the affidavit says. “On Oct. 17, after being Mirandized … Walden was questioned and later admitted to penetrating the child…”

“Mr. Walden had (a law enforcement officer) write an apology letter to the child victim expressing his remorse for the offense,” the affidavit says. “Mr. Walden stated this is the only occurrence that this has happened.”

Walden was transported to Springfield Police headquarters where he was charged with rape and placed in Clark County Jail.

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