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Crime/Courts

March 29, 2013

Woman facing 20 child sex abuse charges arraigned

NORMAN — A Noble woman who faces 20 charges relating to child sex abuse was formally arraigned Thursday in Cleveland County District Court.

Michelle Danae Walker, 44, entered a formal plea of not guilty. An announcement docket was set by District Judge Tracy Schumacher for 10 a.m. Aug. 7 to decide whether Walker will request a jury trial, non-jury trial, change her plea or enter into a blind plea.

Walker was originally charged in September with three counts of forcible oral sodomy, first-degree rape by instrumentation and the production of juvenile pornography. Fifteen charges were added earlier this month after a preliminary hearing was held in district court.

The charges were changed to the following: three counts of first-degree rape, four counts of rape by instrumentation to a victim under the age of 14, four counts of procuring child pornography, eight counts of lewd acts with a minor and one count of soliciting sexual conduct or communication with a minor by use of technology.

Walker was part of a fugitive trio arrested in Vancouver, Wash., in August after search warrants for her home and a Moore couple’s home were issued in relation to sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl.

The other two involved were Joseph and Danyale Siford.

The Sifords: Joseph Siford, 40, waived his preliminary hearing earlier this month and is bound over for trial on a waiver. His trial is set for 8:30 a.m. May 9 in front of Judge Schumacher.

He is currently facing nine charges, including four counts of first-degree rape by instrumentation, two counts of first-degree rape with a victim under the age of 14, two counts of lewd acts with a child under 16 and one count of first-degree attempted rape.

Danyale Siford, 35, was charged with a misdemeanor of failure to report child abuse. She entered into a blind plea in January and was sentenced to one year in county jail with credit to the time she had already served.

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