Kewanee man charged with child pornography

Posted Online: Jan. 10, 2014, 8:00 pm
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By Lisa Hammer,
A Kewanee man was charged in Henry County Circuit Court on Friday with one count of Class X felony child pornography and 15 counts of Class 2 felony child pornography.

According to the Class X charge, James E. Watson, 57, is alleged to have disseminated, on or about Nov. 23, 2013, a video or other similar visual medium of a female he knew to be younger than 18 in sexual contact with another person.

The other 15 counts allege that on or about Jan. 9, 2014, Mr. Watson possessed a video or other similar visual medium showing an act of sexual penetration between a female he knew to be younger than 18 and another person.

Mr. Watson was arraigned by Judge Carol Pentuic, who set bond at $200,000 and appointed public defender James Cosby to represent him. A preliminary hearing was set for Jan. 21. He remained in custody as of Friday.


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1889 — 125 years ago: Track laying operations on 2nd Avenue, stopped by the Moline-Rock Island company last spring for lack of rail, have been resumed.
1914 — 100 years ago: Bulletins allowed to come through the strong continental censorship of all war news indicated that Germany was advancing with a dash against both Russia and France.
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1964 — 50 years ago: Members of the Davenport police department and their families are being invited to the department's family picnic to be held Aug. 27 at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds.
1989 — 25 years ago: Beginning this fall, Black Hawk College will offer a continuing education course in horseback riding at the Wright Way Equestrian Center, Moline, located just east of the Deere Administration Center.

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