Rape trial begins for former student


By Anna Bolton

adewine@civitasmedia.com

XENIA — The jury trial for a former student accused of raping a 17-year-old girl in a Wright State University dorm room began Tuesday in Greene County Common Pleas Court.

Myron Walker, now 19, is being tried on two counts rape and one count gross sexual imposition. Walker pled not guilty to all three charges.

A jury of 12 and one alternate was seated and sworn in around noon in Judge Stephen A. Wolaver’s courtroom. Assistant Prosecutor Nicole C. Burke, and defense attorney Carl George Goraleski, followed with opening statements.

Burke described the sexual assault that allegedly occurred around 2:20 a.m. Nov. 8, 2015.

“Before that time and that day, she was a 17-year-old, she was a freshman psychology major at Wright State University … After that time, and after that day, she was a victim of rape,” Burke said.

According to Burke, Walker and the victim lived across from each other on a co-ed floor of Hawthorne Hall. The alleged assault began when Walker allegedly called the victim on her cell phone at 2:21 a.m. and asked her to bring toilet paper to his room.

Walker allegedly raped the victim a few minutes later when she arrived at his door.

“She came in — and that’s where her life changed,” Burke continued.

Goraleski called the sequence of events a “mistake” on both Walker’s part and on the victim’s part. Goraleski also said that the alleged events that took place in Walker’s room were consensual.

The court heard testimony from two witnesses, including the victim, who described the sexual assault in detail.

The trial will resume 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

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