Claremore Daily Progress

October 24, 2013

UPDATE: Former district bus driver, coach arraigned on 21 felonies

By Cass Rains, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — A former Enid Public Schools bus driver and volunteer coach was arraigned Thursday on 13 counts of lewd molestation, seven counts of use of a computer to commit a felony and a single count of forcible sodomy.

Patrick Leon Watts, 48, appeared via video from Garfield County Detention Facility before Special District Judge Brian Lovell on the 21-count indictment involving four victims.

Watts told Lovell court records have his name, date of birth and address correct. He also asked the judge when he would receive a court-appointed attorney.

Assistant District Attorney Jason Siegars asked the judge to increase Watts’ bond to $10 million based upon the “sheer volume” of counts, punishment ranges and the number of incidents and victims.

Lovell responded: “I’ll admit, quite frankly, ($10 million bond) doesn’t offend me. But I think the $1 million is enough.”

Lovell told Watts to fill out the paperwork for court-appointed counsel and ordered him to return to court Nov. 25 for a bond appearance.

Watts faces up to 20 years in prison on the sodomy charge, three to 20 years on each count of lewd molestation and up to five years in prison and/or a fine of up to $5,000 on each count of use of a computer to commit a felony.

A six-page affidavit filed in the case details interviews with four victims, two from Pratt, Kan., and two from Enid.

Enid Police Department investigators initially prepared an affidavit detailing the incidents involving the teens from Kansas, but prepared a second affidavit when more victims came forward following Watts’ arrest.

EPD Sgt. Bryan Hart said the investigation is ongoing, and he expects there could be more victims. Anyone with information about this case can call Hart or Detective Tim Doyle at (580) 242-7000.



First Kansas report

Enid Police Department detectives arrested Watts last week after being contacted by law enforcement in Kansas. Authorities there received a report of molestation from a 15-year-old boy, according to a six-page affidavit filed in the case.

The boy told investigators in Kansas that Watts was a family friend and coach and had touched him during his eighth-grade year, according to the affidavit. The boy said Watts invited him to an Oklahoma State University football game for the weekend, and they stayed at an Enid motel. The teen said when they checked into the motel Nov. 5, 2011, Watts requested a room with a king-sized bed.

The teen said after the game he and Watts watched “Family Guy” and Watts viewed pornography on his school iPad.

The boy said he went to sleep and woke up in the middle of the night with his underwear down around his legs and Watts was under the covers performing oral sex on him, according to the affidavit. The boy said he got up and cursed at Watts, but Watts rolled over and didn’t say anything to him.

That morning, the teen said he showered with the door locked, but Watts showered with the door open and when he finished, came out into the room nude to dress, according to the affidavit.



Background on Watts

Watts was interviewed by Doyle Oct. 16 at Enid Police Department.

Watts said he worked for Enid Public Schools as a bus driver, coach and also performed lunchroom duty. When asked what he coached, Watts said seventh-grade football. Watts said he took a year off to work for another company last year, but also had coached for Enid in the past for a total of about four years.

Watts said he also volunteered at Wichita South High School and coached some Little League programs in Pratt, Kan.

When Doyle asked Watts about the incident with the 15-year-old, Watts denied performing oral sex on the boy. However, Watts admitted to police some inappropriate things may have happened. When asked what things, Watts said lying too close to the boy in bed. He later said he might have accidentally brushed against the teen’s genitals, according to the affidavit.

Doyle asked Watts about getting a room with a king-sized bed, and Watts said it was all the motel had, according to the affidavit. Doyle told Watts he checked the records at the motel and they showed he had requested the single bed. Watts then said he really didn’t remember and maybe he got that bed out of habit, according to the affidavit.

Doyle told Watts what the 15-year-old had told investigators and noted Watts sat for 29 seconds staring at the floor and not saying anything. He continued staring at the floor while stating, “I would really rather not say right now,” according to the affidavit

Watts denied any sexual contact.

“As far as I know, there was no contact made,” Watts told Doyle. “I mean, if he wants to think that he can.”

The detective asked Watts what inappropriate things occurred, since Watts had said some things occurred. but not oral sex.

“I would say like lying next to him, and I might have moved over and moved my hand over him, but I don’t think I touched him, but I might have,” he said, according to the affidavit.



Second Kansas report

Doyle told Watts the 15-year-old’s story was not the only one he had heard.

Watts asked who else Doyle had spoken with, and then named the other person, who now is 20 years old, but said he was abused by Watts when he was 15. Watts explained he was a neighbor of the second person in Pratt, Kan.

Watts told Doyle he needed to be careful about what he said because the things he is being accused of are life- changing. Watts said he believed someone was trying to get even with him, according to the affidavit.

Watts said what the first teen was saying was not true, and he did not understand why the teen would say something that was not true, according to the affidavit. Doyle asked if there was a reason the second person would say something that was untrue. Watts said his accuser was upset when he moved away from Pratt.

Watts said they were close and did a lot of stuff together, went a lot of places together and he coached him in wrestling. He said they spent a lot of time together because they were neighbors.

Doyle told Watts the second person probably realized later in life a lot of things he did back then were wrong and he shouldn’t have done those things. While saying that, Doyle noted Watts was shaking his head up and down as if saying “yes” or agreeing, according to the affidavit.

Doyle then asked Watts if there were ever inappropriate things done between him and the second person to come forward, and Watts denied anything inappropriate.

He said the second person was around 13 or 14 when they were around one another.

Doyle again questioned Watts about the first teen and Watts requesting a single bed in their motel room in Enid. Doyle told Watts he thought Watts had the whole thing planned and asked for a single bed hoping something would happen.

Watts made some strange facial expressions and told Doyle, “I don’t think so,” according to the affidavit. Doyle asked Watts why he would want to sleep in a bed with a teenage boy, and Watts said he thought he was given a discount on the room because it had a single bed, according to the affidavit.

Doyle confirmed with Watts he said the only thing he could have done was reach across him while sleeping. Watts said “yes.” Doyle asked if it was possible Watts had touched the teen’s genitals, and Watts said, “I might have,” according to the affidavit. Doyle asked if it was with his hand, foot or mouth, and Watts said he didn’t know.

After the interview, Doyle checked with the motel and a manager there said they do not offer a discount rate for a room with two beds or a single king-sized bed.

Doyle was contacted Oct. 18 by military police, who had interviewed the second person.

In the interview, the young man said he met Watts through Pratt Wrestling Club and said Watts was his coach.

In the interview, the man estimated there were 15 to 20 incidents involving Watts sexually abusing him, the first sometime in late 2005 or early 2006, according to the affidavit.

He said the last incident occurred when Watts moved to Oklahoma. He was unsure of the time, but knows it was before the summer of 2008.

He said Watts asked him to help Watts move and he didn’t want to, but Watts talked him into it.

He said the apartment was in either Enid or Woodward, but he had to stay in the same bed as Watts and Watts attempted to touch him inappropriately, according to the affidavit.

He told investigators most of the incidents “ ... tend to blur together.”

“Most of the times, I was scared,” he said. “I would try to resist a little, but I felt it would be easier if I just let him do it so I could go to back to sleep,” according to the affidavit.



First Enid report

On Oct. 17, Sgt. Bryan Hart was contacted by an Enid man who said he suspected Watts had molested his 17-year-old son.

He said his son had spent time alone with Watts during the summer of 2012. Hart interviewed the 17-year-old Oct. 18 at Garfield County Child Advocacy Center.

The teen told Hart that Watts was his baseball and wrestling coach, and that Watts was more of a friend than a coach. They went to the Oklahoma City area and stayed in a motel.

He said when they checked in, Watts got a room with only one bed, according to the affidavit. During the night, the teen said he woke up and found Watts “spooning him” and with Watts’ arm around him, according to the affidavit.

The teen said he tried to get Watts’ arm off him, but Watts tightened his grip on him. He said he eventually got Watts to let go, and he spent the rest of the night in a chair.

The teen said Watts would play a game where Watts would always try to grab his “junk,” according to the affidavit. He said Watts would play this game when another boy was around.

Hart asked the teen about the trip to the metro. The teen said he remembered Watts telling him he had to get a room with one bed because that was the best his credit score would allow.

The teen said Watts explained his behavior by saying he usually slept next to a pillow.

The teen also said the game Watts played trying to grab his genitals was played “constantly” over a two-year period with Watts, according to the affidavit. The teen said this behavior made him feel uncomfortable.

 

Second Enid report

Hart was contacted by a second father Oct. 16, who said he believed his 12-year-old son had been molested. This was the same boy mentioned by the 17-year-old.

During an interview Oct. 18 with the 12-year-old, the seventh-grader said he had a talk with his parents about Watts, who was his football coach.

He said one time Watts tried to measure the boy’s “wiener.” He said Watts would ask him questions about his genitals, according to the affidavit. He said Watts once measured himself, and then the 12-year-old exposed himself to Watts, at Watt’s request, and Watts measured him.

The boy said Watts once played pornography and asked the boy if Watts could see his penis. The boy exposed himself to Watts, who then touched him, according to the affidavit.

The boy said Watts showed him pornography at Watts’ home five different times on his laptop computer, according to the affidavit. The boy said when Watts would show him pornography, he would sit on the coach’s lap. He said this happened about three times.