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PrattTribune - Pratt, KS
  • Former Prattan charged with child sexual abuse

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  • At least two Pratt County children are alleged victims of an Enid, Okla., man charged Thursday with 21 counts of child sexual abuse.
    On Thursday, Oct. 24, Patrick Watts, 48, was charged in Garfield County District Court with one count of forcible sodomy, 13 counts of lewd molestation and seven counts of use of computer to commit felony.
    Watts is currently being held in the Garfield County Detention Facility. His bond is $1 million and a preliminary hearing date has not been set, said Enid, Okla. Police Department Sgt. Bryan Hart.
    Hart said that the alleged victims in the case were from Kansas and Oklahoma.
    According to a story in the Enid News and Eagle, Watts was employed in Enid Public Schools as a bus driver and was involved with the football and wrestling program at the time of his arrest on Oct. 16.
    The Enid Police Department began their investigation after receiving a report from the Pratt Police Department alleging Watts had sexually assaulted a juvenile two years ago when the alleged victim and Watts spent the night in Enid in 2011 after traveling to a wrestling tournament at Oklahoma State University.
    Watts is a former Pratt area resident who coached a youth sports program not affiliated with either school district in Pratt County. He was living in Enid at the time of his arrest.
    Anyone with information about Watts is encouraged to contact the Enid Police Department at 580-242-7000 and speak to either Detective Tim Doyle or Sgt. Bryan Hart.
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