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Orange County Courthouse

An Orange County woman has pleaded guilty to a dozen child sex crimes and four related felonies carrying a potential 130-year prison sentence.

Mandy Rae Walker, 30, on Monday entered guilty pleas in Orange Circuit Court to six counts of carnal knowledge of a child aged 13 to 15; six counts of taking indecent liberties with a child by a person in a custodial or supervisory relationship and four counts of felony abduction, according to a news release from Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Ray Fitzgerald.

Walker will be sentenced March 23, 2020 and additionally faces a $40,000 fine.

Orange Police Department Detective Adrienne Powell led the investigation focused on a five-month time period in 2018 when Walker was contracted to provide community-based adolescent services and intensive in-home counseling for the 13-year victim and his family, the release stated.

The Orange Department of Social Services joined Powell, other Orange PD investigators and DNA experts from the Virginia Dept. of Forensic Science in gathering thousands of pages of text messages and social media messages between Walker and the teen male and other individuals.

The family was kept informed of the process and were present in the local courtroom for the plea. There is no agreement with the prosecution in terms of punishment, the release stated.

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