Sex offender, former physician charged with rape

By The Arkadelphian

A registered sex offender faces new criminal charges in Clark County following an investigation that he raped children.

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Barry Alan Walker, of Glenwood, was arrested Friday and being held at the Clark County Detention Center on six police charges of rape involving a minor. On Tuesday, June 21, Clark County Sheriff Jason Watson announced in a press release that his department is continuing to investigate the matter.

Walker, 58, was a physician until his 1999 arrest in Fort Smith for sexual misconduct with an 8-year-old, according to court records filed in Sebastian County. That charge and its subsequent conviction led to a suspension of his license to practice medicine, as well as a discharge from the military.

Court records indicate that Walker had been a family physician who practiced in both Missouri and Arkansas.

Walker was sentenced to five months in prison for those charges and was ordered to register as a Level 1 sex offender. The case was adjudicated in 2000 — Walker was incarcerated for five years — and the case file lay dormant for 18 years, when in 2021 his attorney, Janna Bradford, petitioned to have Walker removed from the sex offender registry. Obituary records indicate that Bradford, the newly elected prosecuting attorney in Pike County, is Walker’s niece. Walker would later retain the services of Malvern attorney Louis Loyd.

The court did grant a re-assessment for Walker, but no records indicate whether the petition to be de-listed was granted. The paper trail ends in a 2021 letter from the court to the state and defense advising of an October hearing.

Walker is listed as a Level 2 “Moderate Risk” sex offender in the Arkansas Crime Information Center offender registry.

Formal arraignment on the new charges will be scheduled pending the filing of formal charges by Clark County Prosecutor Dan Turner.  Walker is presently being held in custody in the Clark County Jail pending first appearance in Clark County Circuit Court at which time bond will be set and future court appearances scheduled.

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  1. He only got five years for molesting an EIGHT year-old child!? Then they let him out just to do it again? EVIL!!! He deserves life in prison or the death penalty! Pedophiles control the government, laws are written to give them light sentences, and the courts are biased in their favor. All pro-pedophile politicians, like Beelzebub Bradford, need VOTED OUT! We can NOT trust that she will protect our children and prosecute child molesters appropriately. This is why we need a process for recall elections here in Arkansas. God bless Sheriff Jason Watson & our police officers for bringing these evil people to justice. Our laws need to be re-written to end this soft on crime policy of catch and release that leads to more kids getting hurt.

    • Vote Jana out of office because she is related to him!? You can not be serious. I’m sure EVERYONE in your family are squeaky clean citizens. So because a family member is bad you are automatically lumped in as the same?

      • Maybe vote against her due to the fact she petitioned to have him removed from the sex registry, especially in light of new charges, he is just the person that SHOULD be on the registry as he is a threat to those around him. I’m sure everyone has relatives they are not so proud of but she went on public record to have him removed from the sex offender registry, a stance I’m not sure I want my county’s prosecutor to have on child sex offenders.

      • My opinion is exactly what Jane said; just because someone is related to a bad person — and most people are, to some extent — that does NOT mean they themselves are a bad person, but trying to make it easier for that bad person to do more bad things in the future (by removing him from the sex offender registry) DOES make you a bad person. The registry is VERY important to inform the public on who to keep your kids away from. State law also places certain prohibitions against registered sex offenders, like keeping them away from schools, where they can molest more victims. To be clear: if she hadn’t tried to remove him from the registry, I wouldn’t have a problem with her.

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