Monday, Feb. 5, 2018: Former LaMoure Police Chief James G. Watson was found guilty of sexually abusing a child under the age of 15 in multiple southwest North Dakota counties. The D.A. believes that Watson had 50 or more sexual interactions with this child for over a year and a half.
Guilty As Charged
The 12-person jury deliberated almost three hours before finding him guilty of continuous sexual abuse of a child, a Class AA felony.
A presentence investigation was ordered by Southwest District Judge William Herauf and must be completed in 60 days. A Class AA felony faces a maximum of life in prison without parole.
Charges are still pending against Watson in Stark and Hettinger counties.
Appears that former Police Chief James G. Watson is a bigtime loser. But that’s what happens when you believe you are above the law and that when wearing a badge you can do whatever you like. Wrong!
And James, your bad luck that there was no ‘internal investigation’ and an administrative leave with pay on this one. Loser.
Married With Children
You being a family man, too. A wife and kids in school. Shame on you. Loser.
And now, with you going to prison, you let down the entire town of LaMoure. And that one man police station, that you were chief of, is now closed.
Watson was arrested in June 2017. He was in court testifying as the arresting officer in a DUI case when he was arrested. Now that is funny!
On Monday, Feb 5, he appeared in the Golden Valley County courtroom with his attorney, Kevin McCabe, for the fourth and final day of the trial.
The trial included testimony from the victim, North Dakota Bureau of Investigations Special Agent Timothy Helmer, Watson’s wife and others. Watson testified on Monday morning.
The victim in the case testified last week about three separate occasions where she distinctly remembered having to have sexual intercourse with Watson in order to be able to go and do various things.
“She had to pay to go,” Golden Valley’s state’s attorney Christina Wenko said during her closing argument.
This occurred between the fall of 2011 and January 2012, according to court documents.
Police Chief James G. Watson and his mole
The victim also testified that Watson had a small “mole” or skin marking on left side of his pelvic region which was not visible when the defendant was wearing underwear. She said she could identify the marker because she had to perform oral sex on the defendant in the past. The small marking was visible in photos which were shown by the state earlier in the case.
Watson denied the allegations made against him, saying that he never sexually abused the victim. He also claimed he never sent lewd photos of himself to the victim.
We didn’t know this was brought up at the trial. But thanks for that information, James. Something like that is always good to know.
Though we don’t believe you.
You were a cop. So why should we believe you?
And now a convicted child molester. So how can we believe you?
Attorney Kevin McCabe
Watson’s attorney, Kevin McCabe, said the state had “failed miserably” in providing corroborating evidence in their case. He again pointed to differences in the victim’s story.
At the beginning of his closing argument, McCabe played a video of the victim saying nothing happened at Buffalo Gap Guest Ranch. He also pointed to other inconsistencies in her story and spoke of the lack of reporting by the victim in the case.
In Wenko’s response, she said that sexual assault is a “horrific” crime and noted it would be difficult for someone to come forward and report the crime.
Especially a child.
“No one in this courtroom can do anything to make (the victim’s) nightmares go away,” she said, and continued saying that the jury could make the decision to “believe her” and find the defendant guilty.
Watson faces more charges later this week for alleged sexual abuse of the same victim in Stark and Hettinger counties.
In the upcoming case, Stark County will serve as the primary county in the trial and Hettinger County will serve as the backup. The trial is set for Feb. 7-9 in Dickinson.
We at The American Police State will not be following it. He got caught. He got busted. He got convicted. You can only spend so much time in jail. End of story, for us.
In Stark County, Watson is facing one count of continuous sexual abuse of a child, a Class AA felony. In Hettinger County he is facing one count of gross sexual imposition, also a Class AA felony.
And yet another cop, this one a chief, is taken down because of his sexual perversions.
Because of their position of entitlements and power all, law enforcement officers should undergo psychological testing at least once a year.
By an outside agency.
No more internal investigations to whitewash criminal cops.
Will psychological testing cure the problem and prevent sexual perverts from working as cops and taking advantage of those people who need their protection and not their affections? No, but it’s a start.
It is time to finally clean out the criminals, bullies, sexual deviants and other psychopaths working as police officers.
People like former Police Chief James G. Watson need to be stopped.
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