Police say they received a call Thursday morning from officials at a local school saying they were concerned “something might be going on with one of the students,” and after talking with the student Captain James East with the Hazard Police Department said he was able to determine that there may have been something of a sexual nature which had happened to him.
Through some interviews East said they were able “to determine that there had been four young men that had committed heinous acts against this young man.”
The four men, Ora Walker, 21, Jared Fields, 22, Phillip Riddle, 21, and Brett Combs, 18, are all charged with one count each of first-degree kidnapping, first-degree sodomy, first-degree sexual abuse, and first-degree unlawful transaction with a minor.
East said that through their investigation and from the confessions of the men they were able to determine that all four were involved in allegedly forcing the juvenile while being held against his will at knife point to perform deviant sexual acts.
Police say the alleged acts occurred on more than one occasion between January and March.
Jonathan Walker, Ora Walker’s brother, spoke out on his brother’s behalf Friday saying that he is mentally handicapped and isn't capable of such actions.
“He’s not capable of this. I don’t know what happened, but something is fishy. Something is wrong. I know he didn’t do it,” Jonathan Walker said.
Walker, Fields, Riddle, and Combs are set for arraignment in Perry District Court on Monday.
See more on this story in the next edition of the Hazard Herald.