School police officer sentenced to nine years in sexual abuse

Victim, a student, had been groped in officer's office

August 16, 2010|By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun

A Baltimore school police officer was sentenced Monday to nine years in prison, with all but five years suspended, and five years' probation for sexually abusing a 16-year-old student in his office at Masonville Cove Community Academy last year.

Baltimore Circuit Judge Gale E. Rasin sentenced Reginald Watson, 36, after she convicted him in June of sexual abuse of a minor, fourth-degree sex offense and second-degree assault, according to the city's state's attorney office.

The victim, now 18, took the stand first in the one-day trial, where she testified that in February 2009, Watson took her into his office at the school and expressed a desire to perform sexual acts with her. When she tried to leave, she told Rasin, he grabbed her hands, pulled her close and groped her breasts and buttocks.

Watson, who worked at the school for four years before taking a leave of absence in April 2009, testified that he took the teen into his office because he suspected that she was under the influence of marijuana.

Rasin said at the time that she believed the victim's testimony to be more credible.

erica.green@baltsun.com

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