Slidell man charged with sex crimes against 4-year-old

Slidell man charged with sex crimes against 4-year-old

SLIDELL, LA (WVUE) - A Slidell man has pleaded guilty to sex crimes against a four-year-old.

District Attorney Warren Montgomery said that William Harvey Watson, 24, pleaded guilty Monday to the following charges:

  • sexual battery of a victim under 13
  • 250 counts of possession of child pornography
  • 27 counts of production of child pornography of a victim under 13.

District Judge Reginald Badeaux sentenced Watson to 30 years in prison on the sexual battery charge, and 25 years in prison on each of the other charges.

Watson will serve his sentences at the same time, according to the report.

Original reports: 

In February Watson was left briefly to babysit a 4-year-old girl. According to Montgomery he touched her in a sexual way, took off her clothes, and posed her for sexually explicit photos.

He also admitted to having a sexually transmitted disease, according to the report.

The child's mother became suspicious when she returned home. The report said the mother found the door of her home locked, and it took Watson several minutes to open the door.

Once inside, the mother discovered her daughter's clothing was turned inside out, according to Montgomery.

The girl described what happened to her mother after she asked questions.

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office got a search warrant for Watson's electronic devices and found 473 images and 10 videos of child pornography.

A majority of the images and videos were identified by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children as known child victims.

All of the images and videos were of children under 13 and most were of children under age five, according to the report.

Montgomery said that Watson admitted to being sexually attracted to children and downloading the illegal material to attempt to satisfy his urges.

While searching the computer, the Sheriff's Office also found several pornographic images of an 8-month-old girl, whom Watson had posed for sexually explicit photos, according to the report.

Watson also admitted to previously getting in trouble years earlier for sexually abusing an 18-month-old girl in Texas, according to Montgomery.

Assistant District Attorney Blair Alford, who prosecuted the case, and the victim's family urged the court to give Watson the maximum possible sentences of 99 years in prison on the sexual battery and production of child pornography charges and 40 years on the possession of child pornography charges.

After Badeaux sentenced Watson to a maximum of 30 years, Alford filed a motion, asking the judge to increase the sentence.