Santa Barbara Police arrest two Mammoth men

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Santa Barbara Police investigated Mammoth doctor and a businessman for alleged rape.

(Updated with Santa Barbara Police press release Thursday 2pm, Updated with school district statement, Friday 10am)

Santa Barbara Police have arrested two men in Mammoth Lakes on allegations of illegal sexual activities with a 14-year-old Santa Barbara area girl. Santa Barbara Police Sergeant Lorenzo Duarte confirmed to Sierra Wave that detectives from his department were  in Mammoth Lakes and had made arrests.  The Sergeant issued this press release:

“On Wednesday, January 4, 2012, the Santa Barbara Police Department with the assistance of the Mammoth Lakes Police Department served arrest and search warrants in the Town of Mammoth Lakes.  The Santa Barbara Police Department sought the assistance of the Mammoth Lakes Police Department following a lengthy investigation into crimes that occurred in both Santa Barbara and Mammoth Lakes.

“Two Mammoth Lakes residents, Andrew Bourne, age 46 and Joseph Walker, age 48 were arrested.  Walker was arrested and booked for 6 counts

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Joseph Walker, Mammoth Lakes

of 288.3 PC, illegal communication with a minor to facilitate sexual activity and 1 count of 288 (c)(1) PC, unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor.  Bourne was arrested and booked for 8 counts of 288.3 PC, illegal communication with a minor to facilitate sexual activity.  Both Bourne and Walker were booked at Mono County Jail and their bail was set at $1 million each.   Bourne and Walker waived extradition and will be transported to Santa Barbara and booked into Santa Barbara County Jail.

“The investigation began in September of 2011 when suspicious emails sent to a teenage female were discovered and reported to the police. This lead to the recovering of over 1000 emails which were used to obtain the arrest and search warrants in this case.”

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Andrew Bourne, Mammoth Lakes

Joseph Walker is a Mammoth Lakes businessman and longtime resident. Walker co-founded the Looney Bean and deals in real estate.  Dr. Andrew Bourne is head of vascular surgery at Mammoth Hospital and currently the Chief of the Medical Staff. Dr. Bourne also sits on the Mammoth School Board.  Santa Barbara news sources said that Bourne and Walker and the victim’s family were known to one another.

Mammoth Police Chief Dan Watson met with the Santa Barbara officers and Mono District Attorney George Booth in Booth’s Mammoth office Thursday for a briefing.  Chief Watson said the Mono DA is involved because the two men arrested are residents of Mammoth Lakes.

We contacted the office of Mammoth Hospital CEO Gary Boyd for comment.  Hospital Community Relations Director Lori Ciccarelli issued this statement:

“Mammoth Hospital was saddened to learn of the charges and the arrest of its contracted physician, Dr. Andrew Bourne.  Our thoughts go out to the alleged victim, all families involved, and to our staff and community at large. All efforts are being made to provide on-going surgical coverage. While we cannot comment on these allegations, we will continue to provide support and medical care to our community and visitors.”

Mammoth School Superintendent Rich Boccia had emailed school staff about the arrests.  In it he says that he would ask for the county crisis team to help all at the school sites deal with this issue.  The school district released the following statement Thursday evening:

“We are shocked by the recent situation in our community.  This news is devastating to the entire Mammoth Lakes community, and as we come to grips with these allegations, the superintendent is asking that we all focus all of our attention on the students and staff.  The investigation is clearly the responsibility of law enforcement; maintaining uninterrupted service to our students is the responsibility of our District, and that is where we are trying to focus our energy.  These allegations can shatter a person’s confidence in leadership, so our goal right now is to help this community continue to believe in our leadership and our commitment to the children of Mammoth Lakes.”

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Nancy Tucker Baker
Nancy Tucker Baker
10 years ago

First, please understand that I am NOT one to ever spread gossip or rumors. My college and high school majors and degree were in what used to be called “journalism”, so I would NEVER do any of that! As for Dr. Bourne being referred to as Chief of Staff, I… Read more »

One of "the Family"
One of "the Family"
10 years ago

Thanks to all those who have taken a second to send well wishes our way. This is a small community and I/we have always been able to support each other in hard times. That said, and demonstrated by the fact that there are almost 60 posts, it is a gossipy… Read more »

Rest of the Story
Rest of the Story
10 years ago

Mr. Butcher also filed a law suit against Santa Barbara and Mammoth Lakes. Both cities settled out of court with Mr. Butcher paying him for their mistakes.

kaat
kaat
10 years ago

I don’t see many rumors/gossip in the comments posted here. No one is saying who did what, etc. Some things are facts though. I read people trying to come to grips about the arrests…families have been deeply touched, and too teammates, friends, etc by this situation. The media publishes the… Read more »

johndoeml
johndoeml
10 years ago

Regarding bail…First, let me preface this by saying that the reported bail amounts could be inaccurate. initial felony bail is set by the superior court for each county. The bail schedule for Santa Barbara County can be found here: http://www.sbcourts.org/general_info/bailschedule/FelonyBailSched.pdf. Read the explanation at the start of the document before… Read more »

skier
skier
10 years ago

Too bad someone’s “stature” matters. I thought it has to do with “guilt”, or at least “evidence of guilt”. Men of this stature my eye!

sierra dog
sierra dog
10 years ago

Benett

You claim Dr. Bourne is current Mammoth Hospital
Chief of Staff. Do you check your facts?

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
10 years ago
Reply to  sierra dog

I can not find a different chief of staff for 2012. If you have information, please share it.
Benett Kessler

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
10 years ago
Reply to  Benett Kessler

I’ve heard Dr. Bourne referred to as Head of Vascular Surgery. I’ve never heard of him being referred to as Chief of Staff.

Dee
Dee
10 years ago
Reply to  Ken Warner

In various articles regarding his arrest he is described as a recent or former chief of staff and head of vascular surgery.

johndoeml
johndoeml
10 years ago
Reply to  Lynn

Thanks for the link, Lynn. So it looks like he was chief of staff, but that position ended in 2011. Benett, this seems like something you could confirm with a phone call and then amend the story as necessary.

Buckie
Buckie
10 years ago
Reply to  Benett Kessler

Great article but it didn’t have everthiyng-I didn’t find the kitchen sink!

alice
alice
10 years ago

Thank you! I agree. There must be a lot to this. Doesn’t anyone think a million dollar bail for each man isn’t a lot? Really, anything that wasn’t serious would not have a million dollar price tag.

johndoeml
johndoeml
10 years ago

I don’t see a smirk when I look at Bourne’s mug shot. All I see is tension and fear. The investigators undoubtedly believe they have a strong case. We will only know whether there was adequate proof if there is a conviction. I think the statement by the hospital was… Read more »

Cristine
Cristine
10 years ago

While it is important to wait for a final verdict before passing judgment I believe it is even more important to send love and support out to all of the families involved. There are children here that have had their fathers taken away and a slew of information being thrown… Read more »

Dee
Dee
10 years ago

I agree with innocent until proven guilty. Too bad so many get tried in the media and smeared before all the facts come out. That being said, the allegations here are quite troubling to say the least, most would like to see them be unfounded and these two men innocent.… Read more »

The Local
The Local
10 years ago

I’ got word that Santa Barbara Police, had records of over 1,000 email exchanges between the involved minor and the 2 adults… not sure whose computer they were found on, but pretty sure that some hard drives have been seized by police of all parties involved. Does not look good… Read more »

Dingo
Dingo
10 years ago

Holy son of a *****!

mammothite
mammothite
10 years ago

Is this the same Joe Walker that’s been coaching the middle school cross country ski team this season?

kaat
kaat
10 years ago
Reply to  mammothite

yes

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
10 years ago
Reply to  kaat

It is……GREAT!!!

greasy
greasy
10 years ago
Reply to  kaat

He also assistant coached the under 12 girls soccer for AYSO.

sierragrl
sierragrl
10 years ago

wow, I can only say that I hope these allegations are not true…if they are, then the men need to be dealt with appropriately. No-one expects well liked members of the community to be charged with things like this. Both men seem like very nice men, I only ‘know’ them… Read more »

395highway
395highway
10 years ago

I don’t know either of these men. We need to wait until all of the evidence is made public before we make a judgement. As of now, we don’t know if the teen represented herself as a teen or if she lied about her age, as often does happen. I… Read more »

BishopDude
BishopDude
10 years ago
Reply to  395highway

You didn’t read the article that well. The men were apparently friends of the family and new very well the age of the teen.

Terribone
Terribone
10 years ago
Reply to  395highway

395Highway, this story fails to mention what other news outlets have, and that’s that these two men were friends of the victims family. I doubt her age was in question. This also brings to light another common element in these cases, and that’s that perpetrator is very often close to,… Read more »

upthecreek
upthecreek
10 years ago
Reply to  Terribone

yes Terribone

You are correct.

You need to watch your kids very close.

The Local
The Local
10 years ago

Can’t believe I’ve had coffee with “Smokin” Joe Walker at the Looney Bean up at Mammoth Lakes before. There is a difference, Editor, between “Mammoth”, in the central valley and “Mammoth Lakes”, in Mono County, CA With bail set an $1 million, there is a whole lot more to this… Read more »

Snowbunny
Snowbunny
10 years ago

Dr. Bourne has been my Doctor for the last three months and he is a fine Doctor but, that does not mean he is a fine human being. You never know what people are capable of and for his sake, I hope this is not true.

greasy
greasy
10 years ago

Well Rick, the “Doc” has been charged with a felony. And the Felony charge of 288.3 carries the same penalty as whatever sexual request’s criminal violation he may have made of the victim. I also love how quick we all are to judge these men. If it was a few… Read more »

Justin Case
Justin Case
10 years ago

I have also been under the surgical care of Dr. Bourne and thought he was an amazing surgeon. One we were lucky to have. Both these men are married and have children. They had nothing but beautiful futures ahead of them. The work they did volunteering their time, money and… Read more »

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
10 years ago
Reply to  Justin Case

To all who comment on the Mammoth arrests, We will not accuse the suspects or try them by website. All are free to comment but not to make statements of guilt. There is a long way to go in this case, and we will make every effort to update the… Read more »

Carol
Carol
10 years ago
Reply to  Benett Kessler

any news from the hearing ?

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
10 years ago
Reply to  Carol

Not yet.
BK

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
10 years ago
Reply to  Justin Case

Exactly so. That’s the painful part of all this. Not to mention what they may have thrown away personally. And for what?

That’s why this just doesn’t make any sense and why we should all cool our rhetoric and wait to see the details of exactly what happened.

kaat
kaat
10 years ago
Reply to  Ken Warner

Ken- since when does any crime “make sense”?

Colors
Colors
10 years ago

Not going to cut any slack to either of these men, what they may have done was horrible. But I can’t even imagine what their families are going through right now. It sucks that this had to happen.

o2lvnmmth
o2lvnmmth
10 years ago
Reply to  Colors

what they might have done, and are accused of doing, is horrible. If convicted, I expect them to be sentenced appropriately. But until then, I prefer to let the judicial system work, and to consider them accused suspects and wait to condemn them until after it’s sure they did this… Read more »

John Barton
John Barton
10 years ago
Reply to  Colors

Colors-
This didn’t have to happen. Two grown adults should be aware of the consequences long before they pushed the first “send” on email.

Carol
Carol
10 years ago
Reply to  Colors

it wasn’t an act of internet communication. They knew the girls family and all spent time together. It isn’t as if they found her online. They had contact with the family on a regular basis.

mklmnde
mklmnde
10 years ago
Reply to  Carol

How convenient for them to know the victim’s family. Over 1000 emails?

Terribone
Terribone
10 years ago

If they’re innocent, they’ll be well represented with the best attorneys money can buy, and most likely will be vindicated.

If they’re guilty, they’ll likely get off easy, if not scot-free. Again, because they’ll have the best attorneys money can buy, Justice in America.

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
10 years ago
Reply to  Terribone

You’re sounding like Nancy Grace. Wait for the facts before you judge — if you can contain your enthusiasm for punishment.

Big Rick O'Brien
Big Rick O'Brien
10 years ago

Melinda, the doc isn’t charged with raping anyone. Re-read the article & then comment.

Melinda Travis
Melinda Travis
10 years ago

Under California law, the age of consent is 18-years-old. If a person engages in sex with a minor who is more than three years younger, sex with the minor could potentially be a felony crime. The penalties also increase if the minor is under 16 years of age and the… Read more »

Snowman
Snowman
10 years ago

Thanks Benett, I posted after my initial reading.

Snowman
Snowman
10 years ago

I too know Dr. Bourne. He is a very talented surgeon and gives his patients the best care possible. I am sad for the victim and her family, as well as Dr. Bourne’s family. This article lists the actual charges against the two men. Dr. Bourne is not being charged… Read more »

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
10 years ago
Reply to  Snowman

Snowman,
We did update our story to include the facts released by the Santa Barbara Police just after 2pm Thursday (today).

Benett Kessler

Colawyer
Colawyer
10 years ago
Reply to  Benett Kessler

Then why did you put the word rape? Does it have better headlines?

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
10 years ago
Reply to  Colawyer

Colawyer,
Early reports indicated that was the charge. Santa Barbara Police
only later clarified the actual charges.
Benett Kessler

Mammoth Resident
Mammoth Resident
10 years ago
Reply to  Snowman

I wonder why Bourne was not charged with having sex, I wonder if someone else was using his computer ? Ya know there are these virus/trojan things that you could get on your PC that in effect take control of the users PC. The net effect is any emails or… Read more »

Grrrr!
Grrrr!
10 years ago

He was not charged with having sex because he didn’t physically have sex with the victim. What are the odds that he just happened to have a virus on his computer and live in the same small town as Joe Walker? AND! Do you have to look so smug for… Read more »

The Local
The Local
10 years ago

Doctors don’t get viruses, they treat them. They are supposed to be so much smarter than us that they buy malware prevention software to monitor and protect their PC files and email from such evil things.

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
10 years ago

I’m saddened. I know Dr. Bourne. He saved my life. He’s a brilliant man. Why he would do something like this is way beyond my capability to understand. I hope there is more to this story that will change what is printed here today.

Rob
Rob
10 years ago
Reply to  Ken Warner

Ken glad to hear Dr. Bourne saved your life, we’re happy to have you here.

Unfortunately we never really know anybody.

Terribone
Terribone
10 years ago
Reply to  Ken Warner

An expensive and academically challenging education in the field of medicine does not make you a more moral person, Often, it just means you came from a privileged background. Just sayin’.

Colawyer
Colawyer
10 years ago
Reply to  Terribone

Terribone- dr bourne worked his way through medical school protecting his country….can you say the same for yourself or are you “privileged”?

Nathaniel
Nathaniel
10 years ago

too bad the majority of police that are extremely unqualified in the small town of Mammoth Lakes couldn’t figure this out…maybe they knew something or were busy giving out skateboard helmet tickets or better yet aresting someone for walking home drunk instead of driving…sincere sorrow for the victims and family… Read more »

BishopDude
BishopDude
10 years ago
Reply to  Nathaniel

Did you even read the article. The kid is from Santa Barbara and the incident was reported to Santa Barbara PD they headed the investigation. MLPD was probably not aware of the incident until the warrant was issued and Santa Barbara PD asked for assistance in the execution of the… Read more »

Terribone
Terribone
10 years ago

To be clear, this is Joseph “Joe” Walker, original owner of the Loony Bean Coffee shop and son of Whiskey Creek owner and long-time Mammoth fixture, Sam Walker? Local media should really clarify the identity of this 2nd individual who happens to have a rather common name.

Thanks.

Terribone
Terribone
10 years ago
Reply to  Terribone

Oops, the article was updated with photos, and it is clearly “the” Joe Walker, of the Walker family Eastside empire. And people shouldn’t be shocked that a doctor would be accused of this type of crime — it fits a profile of men in positions of power and influence taking… Read more »

Sierraguy
Sierraguy
10 years ago
Reply to  Terribone

The Walker family has not owned Whiskey Creek for 13 years!

mammothite
mammothite
10 years ago

My heart goes out to the families of the alleged. Seems the media (including Sierra Wave) is focusing on Dr. Bourne with little attention to Joe Walker, “the other man”.

mammothite
mammothite
10 years ago
Reply to  mammothite

Thank you for clarifying “the other guy” Benett. How sad for his family.

upthecreek
upthecreek
10 years ago

What is going on in todays world?

Sicko’s