Man accused of rape says he's no guiltier than his accusers
OREGON CITY, Ore. - The Milwaukie man accused of raping and sexually molesting four high school girls admits to having sexual relations with them but also says it was consensual.
London Walter says the law isn't fair since all the girls were under the age of consent when the alleged crimes happened, and so was he.
Walter, now 18, questions whether the law is fair because he's been charged while the girls haven't.
"And I'm engaging in sexual activity with students too young to give consent. Well, I was too young to give consent," he said Monday from jail. "So if I'm too young to give consent and they're too young to give consent, then who's the one who's supposed to take the blame for this?"
He says months went by after the alleged crimes happened, and he hadn't heard about a problem.
After he turned 18, he says detectives showed up to arrest him at his work.
"But the state decided well, let's wait, let's wait to say anything to this guy until after he's 18. I wasn't charged, I wasn't talked to, I wasn't even informed of what was going on until months and months and months after."
Walter says he's scared to be in jail, and he's worried that if he's guilty he'll have to register as a sex offender, which people equate to child molesting and other horrible things. And even if he's not guilty, the accusations will follow him for the rest of his life.
He says he's a hardworking kid trying to hold down a job and support himself after a pretty rough childhood. He says misinformation is getting out there about what kind of person he is.
News reports that he was kicked out of school are false, he says. He says he quit and went to an alternative school so he could work at his job full time.
He wouldn't say where that job was but says he was fired when police came there to arrest him on the rape charges.
He thinks part of the problem is that he looks different than the other kids.
"If you look at me, I look like I'm 27 years old, hanging out with people who are freshmen, sophomores, juniors, who are just going to school with me," Walter said. "I have them in class, in Spanish class. They're in my age group, but I look like I should be in college. They look like they should still be in high school."
Walter is worried because he's been in jail for two weeks now and hasn't talked to an attorney yet.
The victims and their families have so far turned down requests for interviews.