Jamestown man in jail accused of sexually assaulting young girl with autism

Michael Patrick Hunt-Walters, 22, was arrested Monday on a gross sexual imposition charge
Michael Patrick Hunt-Walters, 22, of Jamestown is accused of sexually assaulting a 7-year-old...
Michael Patrick Hunt-Walters, 22, of Jamestown is accused of sexually assaulting a 7-year-old girl with autism.(KVLY)
Published: Aug. 3, 2020 at 10:53 AM CDT
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JAMESTOWN, N.D. (Valley News Live) - A 22-year-old man who worked at a nonprofit that helps people with disabilities is facing a charge of sexually abusing a 7-year-old girl with autism.

Michael Patrick Hunt-Walters of Jamestown was arrested on Monday for gross sexual imposition, according to Stutsman County District Court records.

Hunt-Walters is accused of sexually assaulting the child on November, 15 of 2019.

Investigators said Hunt-Walters worked for the Anne Carlsen Center in Jamestown. He apparently watched the victim for about two hours and fifteen minutes after school.

“Our hearts hurt for the child and family involved in this terrible situation. From the first moment we were made aware of the allegation, we pledged our full and complete cooperation to investigators,” Anne Carlsen Center Chief Executive Officer Tim Essinger said on Monday in a statement to Valley News Live.

The victim came home with blood on her underwear and bruises on her inner thighs, according to court documents. She was surrounded by several paraeducators throughout her school day who didn’t notice any injuries.

Investigators said her grandparents noticed a change in her once Hunt-Walters dropped the victim off at their home. The 7 year old ran from his car to the house and wouldn’t sit down for supper.

The grandmother took the child to the Jamestown Regional Medical Center and that’s when a Jamestown police detective was notified.

The next day the girl was taken to Fargo for a sexual assault exam, and that’s where examiners found evidence of abuse, according to court records.

Hunt-Walters denied to investigators he hurt or assaulted the victim.

Several follow up interviews were done with investigators and a clinical psychologist where the girl said that Hunt-Walters “hurt her.”

Below is the full statement provide by the Anne Carlsen Center:

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