This is what the face of a survivor looks like (picture 1). My name is Baylee Robertson and I am the mother of Rylin Saylor. She was sexually molested by my now ex husband, Levi A. Walters (picture 2, his mugshot from his state level arrest).
Let's talk the hard truth. Any crime against a child should carry the heaviest sentence allowable. There should be no plea deals, no bargains, no "you messed up so maybe you'll learn your lesson". My daughter, who was 6 years old at the time, was molested by my now ex husband. There are over 20 videos and pictures from 5 different occasions that we are aware of, 3 different interviews where he admitted to the crime, and DNA was matched from the rape kit to a male (not enough to match to Levi, but given there are videos that were 3 hours old at the time of the arrest, we all know who that belonged to).
Levi A. Walters was arrested on July 18, 2019 for state level charges of Child Exploitation-Same as 7150, but with an aggravating factor found and Child Molesting-Fondling or touching with child under 14, both level 4 felonies, in Bartholomew County, Indiana. He bonded out on July 22, 2019 on a $15,000 cash only bond. The victim was 6 years old at the time. There was video evidence and a confession from Levi. On August 1, 2019, the federal government served an arrest warrant on him in Bartholomew County on 5 counts of sexual exploitation of a child and 1 count of tampering with a victim, witness, or informant. He has since remained in custody. He has petitioned to be released and the prosecutor, FBI, and other agencies have proven him to be a risk to society, law enforcement, and himself, so release was denied. He signed the plea deal on January 8, 2020 to plead guilty to 3 counts of sexual exploitation of a child. We are currently waiting on a sentencing hearing, but due to Covid-19 the federal courts are still closed.
At a state level, he was facing 3-12 years (if I remember correctly), but since he is a first time offender, he could have walked away with PROBATION. At a federal level, he was facing 83 years MINIMUM, if found guilty for all counts. He was facing 5 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor (15-30 years for each count) and 1 count of tampering with a witness, victim or informant (8-20 years for this count). This is not the "typical" he said/she said case. There are videos and pictures, along with confessions from Levi, all of which are detailed in the plea. While I am forever grateful our case went federal, I firm believe Indiana Laws protect the abuser and not the victim. We need change.
I have contacted my state representative in hopes of one day rewriting Indiana laws to protect our children better and not the abuser. We need this change, not just for my daughter, but for every child who may one day end up on the path we are on.
Now I am creating a petition to send to as many Indiana law makers as I can, including the one I have already contacted.
Also, I will share the closing of my victim impact statement, which eventually, I may post the entire statement, but for now, the ending is the most powerful.
"To me, 15-45 years is nothing compared to what he took from all of us. We may never get most of it back either. I may have to sit down in 15-45 years now and have a conversation with her about the man who stole our lives away from us and flipped our world upside down. A conversation that no mother should ever have to have with any child. A conversation of something my now 7 year old daughter has no memory of. A conversation that may make her hate me for not telling her in hopes of giving her the best life possible after this is done. I am therefore requesting the courts hand him the maximum sentence possible. I am praying that 45 years allows us to start new life's, find new hope, find a new home, a new meaning to life, all things he took from us in the blink of an eye."