The Norman Transcript

March 29, 2013

Woman facing 20 child sex abuse charges arraigned

By Jessica Bruha
The Norman Transcript

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.

The trio was arrested Aug. 29, charged in Cleveland County District Court Sept. 6, and Danyale Siford bonded out Sept. 21.

Background information: Walker reportedly introduced the 13-year-old girl to the Sifords after she “met them through a Facebook site called ‘Party Friends,’ which she later learned was a meeting spot for ‘swingers,’” according to the affidavit filed with charges against the three.

Walker and the Sifords allegedly engaged in sexual contact with each other in the child’s presence. One encounter between Joe Siford and the girl was video-taped, the affidavit stated.

The crimes allegedly occurred multiple times in Noble at Walker’s residence, in Moore at the Sifords’ residence and at Lake Thunderbird in Norman.

Search warrants filed Aug. 21 in Cleveland County District Court show that the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office seized 24 items from the Sifords’ home and 19 items from Walker’s home for evidence in the case.

The items consisted of numerous electronic devices ranging from phones and laptops to camera devices and hard drives, as well as several CDs and DVDs.

Jessica Bruha

366-3540

jbruha@normantranscript.com

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