Sarah Walker, of Joe Arpaio's Craigslist Bestiality Case, Claims to Be Victim of Sexual-Assault Suspect Lee Lubonne
Sarah Walker, the woman who was arrested with her husband and a friend over Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's bestiality bust stemming from a Craigslist ad, claims to be one of the victims of sexual-assault suspect and self-described "sex pig" Lee Lubonne.
Just to be clear, we're not outing Walker here, as she's already done local TV interviews about it since the news broke of Lubonne's arrest yesterday.
Walker says it's "no coincidence" that the alleged assault happened after Arpaio made media headlines about the bestiality case, and court documents obtained by New Times seem to support her claim that Lubonne knew who she was from media attention.
Walker and her husband have pleaded not guilty to their charges, but Robert Aucker had taken a plea agreement, pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit bestiality, and was sentenced to two years probation.
Lubonne, whom we wrote about yesterday, "may" be a suspected serial sexual predator, according to the Sheriff's Office, after one woman -- purportedly Walker -- went forward to police about her alleged assault, and a 15-year-old girl also identified him as the one who assaulted her after that.
The items found at his house include various recording devices, a duffel bag filled with "sexual apparatus[es]," a bag of what detectives believe are "trophies" -- including medication bottles, printouts of profiles of women from social-networking websites, and maps -- as well as 13 hard drives and thumb drives locked in a safe, according to the Sheriff's Office.
The to-do lists found in his car and home also aroused the suspicions of detectives, as one said he had to meet one of the victims and buy zip ties, and another "stated his desire to stop being a 'sex pig' and to find Jesus," according to MCSO.
According to the court documents, a 33-year-old woman told detectives Lubonne contacted her under the guise of wanting to hire her as a professional photographer via Craigslist, and they met Saturday at a west Valley coffee shop.
As we mentioned, part of their discussion at the coffee shop seems to show that Lubonne knew who the woman was.
"They talked for about a half hour and during this conversation, he brought up the bestiality case and asked her questions about it," court documents state. "She diverted the questions back to the photography and he told her that he wanted to do the shoot at his residence."
There's really only one notable bestiality case in the county as of late in -- specifically involving a 33-year-old photographer -- in which Walker, her husband, and a friend were arrested after an undercover MCSO detective responded to a Craigslist ad allegedly soliciting sex with a dog.
After going back to Lubonne's house that day -- May 19 -- the victim told police she felt sedated, as if she'd been drugged, after taking a bottle of water from Lubonne, and was eventually sexually assaulted.
She told police she was only able to convince Lubonne to let her leave later because she had a court-ordered ankle monitoring device, and she caught the house number on her way out to help lead police to Lubonne.
Based on information provided by that victim, one of the sex-crime detectives noticed similarities to another case, involving a 15-year-old girl who was looking for a babysitting job on Craigslist.
That alleged sexual assault included a knife, the girl told police, and based on picking him out of a photo lineup, and describing his house and vehicle, Lubonne was also arrested in that incident from March.
As for Lubonne, though, the Sheriff's Office is thinking there's a "possibility" there may be more victims, and Arpaio wants to you phone them up if you have any information, "no matter how seemingly insignificant." The number for that is 602-876-1011.
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you'll never miss Phoenix New Times' biggest stories.