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Saturday, August 18, 2012
OH - Retired Chillicothe officer (Richard Eric McKee) pleads guilty to sex charges against a 15-year-old child
|Richard Eric McKee|
CHILLICOTHE - A retired Chillicothe police officer entered surprise guilty pleas during a status conference Friday on charges of unlawful sexual conduct.
A two-day trial for Richard Eric McKee, 49, was slated to begin Monday on 10 third-degree felony charges of unlawful sexual conduct. On Friday morning, McKee agreed to a negotiated plea with prosecutors, who dropped five of the charges in exchange for guilty pleas on the other five.
"I had no idea what to expect going in (to the status conference). ... It's pursuant to a negotiated plea. He's going to get a definite prison sentence," said Ross County Prosecutor Matt Schmidt, adding he anticipates it will be at least two years.
In May, McKee pleaded guilty to importuning, unauthorized use of the Ohio Law Enforcement Gateway and two counts of sexual imposition. However, the expectation was he would take the remaining counts to a jury because his attorney, Jim Boulger, had filed a motion asking the judge to disallow evidence from the admitted charges.
Boulger could not be reached for comment on the decision to plead guilty.
"The family's biggest concern was they wanted to hear him get up and admit to what he had done ...and that the victim was telling the truth," Schmidt said. "Regardless of what I think about what sentencing he should receive, I'm glad it resolved itself to the satisfaction of the victim."
While many of the initial charges stemmed from inappropriate text messages, the unlawful sexual conduct charge involved actual sexual contact using his hands on the then 15-year-old female victim, Schmidt said.
McKee's sentencing has been rescheduled from later this month to 11 a.m. Sept. 17 to allow time to prepare a victim impact statement.
Location: Chillicothe, OH 45601, USA
|William (Bill) Watson|
By Jack Madison
MADISON (WAFF) - More charges involving more alleged victims could be coming for a Madison police officer.
Officer William (Bill) Watson is on administrative leave amid allegations of sex abuse against a girl younger than 16 years old.
Authorities have not revealed a specific number of alleged victims, but they do anticipate more charges against Watson, who remains at Huntsville Hospital for an undisclosed reason.
Watson will be arrested and charged with first degree sex abuse as soon as he is discharged from the hospital.
The allegations came over the weekend from the girl's mother.
A judge has already set Watson's bond at $50,000.
Authorities with Limestone County Sheriff's Office said they would possibly bring more charges against Watson. The charges concern not just the first alleged victim but also other young victims.
"We have other victims that are being interviewed. There may be further charges presented to a grand jury at a later date that could involve some other children," said Cpt. Stanley McNatt with the sheriff's office.
Investigators said the initial investigation shows the girl was sexually abused recently.
Watson was already in the hospital when his home caught fire Wednesday night.
That house on Burgreen Road in East Limestone County has extensive damage, and authorities call the fire suspicious but haven't said why.
Do they believe that fire could be in any way related to the allegations against the officer?
State fire investigators said it is just too early to know if the fire is related to allegation against Watson and that the first step is trying to find out exactly how the fire started, though they said it appears it started in the basement.
Location: Madison, AL, USA