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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