Court Report

LAUREL COUNTY - A possible agreement that could allow a former South Laurel High School girls basketball coach facing sexual-related charges involving a minor to enter a plea in exchange for a reduced sentence may be close to being reached.

Jonathan Lee Walker, 31, appeared in Laurel Circuit Court for a pretrial conference Thursday, where his attorney, Conrad Cessna, informed the court that he has been in negotiations with prosecutors concerning the case in an attempt to resolve the case without it being presented to a jury at trial.

"I've spoke to [Commonwealth's Attorney] Jackie Steele about this case. Steele has extended an offer to us and I have extended a counter offer," said Cessna.

No information detailing either offer was disclosed and likely will not be available until -- or if -- Walker decides to enter a plea in the case. Cessna asked for a follow-up pretrial conference for next month to continue plea negotiations with prosecutors.

A new court date was set for June 21 at 11 a.m.

If no agreement is reached and Walker does not enter a plea, the case is expected to be set for a jury trial sometime in August.

Walker initially came under investigation by the London Police Department concerning the allegations shortly after the date listed in the indictment, though no charges had been filed at that time. He later resigned from his coaching position with the school on Nov. 19, 2018. He had held the position since being hired in 2016.

He was indicted in February by a Laurel County grand jury, formally charging him with the lone count against him.

According to that indictment, the alleged victim would have been 16 years old at the time of the alleged incident.

Walker was allowed to post bond in the case and has not been arrested on his charges. As part of his bond, he is to not have contact with the victim or any other minors, as well as several other non-financial conditions. He remains out on bond.

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