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From the Parker County District Attorney's Office
Special to The Community News
Rodney Jessie Watson, 44, pled guilty on Moday, Sept. 13, to to aggravated sexual assault of a child and attempted indecency with a child charges and was assessed prison sentences of 25 and 10 years. The sentence was handed out by 43rd District Court, Judge Don Chrestman in Weatherford.
“This is the worst nightmare of every parent who ever let their child spend the night at a friend’s house,” said Assistant District Attorney Jeff Swain, who handled the case for the state. “The defendant’s daughter had a few of her friends spend the night and, while they were trying to sleep, the defendant fondled two of the girls.”
The case against Watson, a Weatherford resident, came to light last November when the two 12-year-old girls went home from the sleepover and told their parents what had happened.
“The victims gave an immediate, very credible outcry about what had happened to them,” Swain said. “They described being touched in the middle of the night while they were in their sleeping bags and said that they were very scared throughout the ordeal.”
Since the girls described Watson as having walked in and out of the room and to another room where a computer was located, Parker County Sheriff’s Office investigators obtained a warrant and seized the computer.
“An analysis of the computer by the United States Secret Service revealed that Watson had downloaded or viewed adult pornography on the same night that the victims described the sexual assault happening,” Swain said.
Watson had no prior arrests or convictions and will be eligible for parole in 2022, Swain said. “Being eligible for parole does not mean being entitled to or likely to receive parole, however,” he said.