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Prison for man who assaulted deputy, groped women

Posted: May 17, 2013 - 4:38pm  |  Updated: May 17, 2013 - 4:43pm
Javantroi Perez Walden, 34, of Martinez
Javantroi Perez Walden, 34, of Martinez

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A Martinez man was sentenced to prison Friday after he pled guilty to assaulting a sheriff’s deputy and several women.

Javantroi Perez Walden, 34, pled guilty to seven counts of sexual battery, simple battery, driving under the influence, fleeing and attempting to elude and obstruction at a hearing in Evans as part of a negotiated plea agreement with the District Attorney’s Office.

Superior Court Judge Daniel J. Craig sentenced Walden to 10 years in prison followed by two years probation. He also fined Walden $1,500.

“I am deeply ashamed, humiliated and embarrassed by my actions last year,” Walden said.

Walden was charged with several counts including obstruction, fleeing, driving under the influence and sexual battery in connection to a Dec. 23 when he punched a deputy in the throat and crashed a patrol car in brief chase. A deputy caught Walden running out of the Evans Walmart store, where he grabbed a female shopper’s breast.

Walden is accused of grabbing breasts of female shoppers at the Walmart stores in Evans and Martinez on Dec. 19 and 22.

Since July, Walden has been charged with groping at least four women in Walmart stores and a teenager at Sonic.

Walden’s attorney, P.J. Campanaro said Walden began drinking after his divorce, which led to the incidents.

“I think things just basically fell apart for him,” she said.

Walden was arrested Dec. 23 and has been held in the Columbia County Detention Center since without bond.

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