ND police chief charged with sex crimes in 3 counties

Staff Writer
Devils Lake Journal

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A police chief in a southeastern North Dakota town is charged with sex crimes in three southwestern counties, including allegations he had sex with a minor under the age of 15.

Fifty-two-year-old James Watson is the chief of the LaMoure Police Department. He was charged Friday in Stark, Hettinger and Golden Valley counties. The charges date back to 2011.

Watson faces single charges of continuous sexual abuse of a child in both Stark and Golden Valley counties. Those complaints say Watson engaged in sexual contact or sexual acts on at least a weekly basis.

Watson is charged in Hettinger County with three counts of gross sexual imposition.

Court documents do not list a lawyer for Watson, who is jailed in Jamestown. A court hearing has not been scheduled.

James Watson