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Nanny, porn actress arrested in April now charged with human trafficking

Colin Warren-Hicks
Pensacola News Journal
Northwest Florida Daily News

PENSACOLA — A nanny and pornography actress who was arrested in April on charges related to sexual acts on camera in the presence of children was arrested again this week, this time on suspicion of human trafficking.

Nicole Walter, 27, of Pensacola, was arrested Monday by the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office on an arrest warrant out of Escambia County.

Walter is accused of financially benefiting from sexual activity involving minors — a crime defined under Florida law as human trafficking.

"She is charged under the human trafficking statute, but under the provision that makes it a crime to engage in commercial sexual activity during which any child under the age of 18 is involved," Assistant State Attorney Greg Marcille said.

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office had arrested Walter on April 20 and charged her with lewd and lascivious behavior, possession of child pornography, aggravated assault and resisting arrest. She was released from custody two days later.

Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Chip Simmons said deputies continued investigating Walter after her arrest, which led to the human trafficking charge.

"You’ll remember that she was arrested in April on charges that included lewd and lascivious behavior," Simmons said "Since that time, our investigators learned that Walter was also contacted by an individual out-of-state who had made a specific request for her to make a video that would include minor children being present in the frame of the video in exchange for money."

Walter was a licensed foster parent and self-employed pornography actress who authorities said made movies of herself masturbating in public areas. Her arrest report states videos depicting sexual acts in front of children and while children could be heard talking in the background were uploaded to various pornographic websites.

In a Facebook Live video in April announcing Walter's first arrest, Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan urged anyone whose children had previously had contact with Walter to contact the ECSO.

Within the first 24 hours of the sheriff's plea, the ECSO received between 20 and 30 calls from parents whose children had prior contact with Walter. None of those calls led to additional charges being filed against Walter, Simmons told the News Journal on Wednesday.

County records indicated Walter was booked into the Santa Rosa Country Jail on Monday without bond and remained in custody as of Wednesday.

Colin Warren-Hicks can be reached at colinwarrenhicks@pnj.com or 850-435-8680.