Rockdale Former mayor indicted for indecency with child

ROCKDALE, Texas (KWTX) The former mayor of Rockdale has been named in an indictment that charges him with indecency with a child by sexual contact.

Darral Gene Walker, 76, was named May 19 in the indictment and was arrested on the charge on May 24, then was released form the Milam County Jail on the same day after posting a $40,000 bond, jail records showed.

Walker served as mayor of Rockdale from 1974 to 1976, city records show.

The indictment reads Walker intended personal gratification when in July 2015 he engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct with a boy who then was younger than 12-years-old by touching the victim’s genitalia.

Milam County District Attorney Bill Torrey said the case was presented directly to the grand jury by Rockdale police Lt. J.D. Newlin.

Records show the investigation began in July 2015 after the victim made an outcry to a family member about the incident. Investigators from Austin’s Children’s Advocacy Center conducted a forensic interview with the victim and following that a warrant was issued for Walker’s arrest.

The incident, according to an affidavit filed in the case, says the incident occurred at Walker’s Rockdale home.