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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1939 -- 75 years ago: The million dollar dredge, Rock Island, of the Rock Island district of United States engineers will be in this area this week to deepen the channel at the site of the new Rock Island-Davenport bridge.
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