The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Local News

January 9, 2014

Tentative trial date set for ex-Madison cop accused of sexual abuse

ATHENS — A former Madison police officer charged with 17 counts of sexual abuse may be tried in February in Limestone County.

William Dale Watson is listed on the Feb. 10 trial docket in Limestone County Circuit Court.  However, Limestone County District Attorney Brian Jones said his office might deal with other pending cases before the Watson case. If so, the Watson trial would be rescheduled, Jones said.

Watson’s trial had been set for Nov. 18, 2013, but was postponed so the district attorney’s office could address older pending cases.

Initially charged in 2012

A Limestone County grand jury formally charged Watson in January 2013 on 13 felony counts of sexual abuse of a child under age 12 and with four misdemeanor counts of second-degree sexual abuse of a child under age 16, according to court records. The latter charge involved one or more girls over age 12 but under age 16, the district attorney said.

Jones has said the charges involve multiple girls whom Watson knew.

Watson pleaded not guilty to all 17 counts and remains free on bail of $300,000.

If convicted, he faces a minimum sentence of 10 years on each of the felony charges and from zero to 1 year on the misdemeanor charges.

Watson, who was placed on administrative leave after his initial arrest, resigned from the police department in August 2012. He had been in law enforcement 13 years.

Text Only
Local News


Do you believe America will ever make another manned flight to the moon or another planet?

     View Results
AP Video
Arizona Prison Chief: Execution Wasn't Botched Calif. Police Investigate Peacock Shooting Death Raw: Protesters, Soldiers Clash in West Bank Police: Doctor Who Shot Gunman 'Saved Lives' 'Modern Family' Star on Gay Athletes Coming Out MN Twins Debut Beer Vending Machine DA: Pa. Doctor Fired Back at Hospital Gunman Raw: Iowa Police Dash Cam Shows Wild Chase Obama Seeks Limits on US Company Mergers Abroad Large Family to Share NJ Lottery Winnings U.S. Flights to Israel Resume After Ban Lifted Official: Air Algerie Flight 'probably Crashed' TSA Administrator on Politics and Flight Bans Raw: National Guard Helps Battle WA Wildfires Raw: Ukraine's Donetsk Residents Flee Senators Push to End Hamas Threat in Cease-Fire A Young Victim's Premonition, Hug Before MH17 Raw: Deadly Storm Hits Virginia Campground Death Penalty Expert: 'This is a Turning Point' Raw: MH17 Victim's Bodies Arrive in Netherlands
Twitter Updates
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Business Marquee