Officer charged in 20-year-old rape case from Baltimore

Jun. 13, 2013 @ 05:08 PM

MANSON — A 20-year family secret has landed a Department of Public Safety employee with the Warren Correctional Institution in jail facing felony rape charges in Baltimore.

Daniel Donnell Watson Sr. faces up to 75 years in prison on one count each of rape and child abuse by a parent, and two counts of sexual offense, according to Maryland state statutory guidelines included in the file. He remains jailed without bond.

Watson, of 116 Turner Circle in Norlina, appeared in Warren County District Court. David Waters was appointed to represent him in an extradition process that would send him to Baltimore to face trial.

The extradition case against Watson was continued on Wednesday, with a hearing set for July 31.

Dale Weese Jr., a detective with the Baltimore police, approached Warren County Deputy Chris Carter with the charge warrants and extradition request.

The Maryland District Court documents are included in Watson’s case file in Warren County. The victim is now a 33-year-old who reported the rape and abuse earlier this year on Jan. 30.

The victim’s name and the name of her mother were included in the case file. The Dispatch does not publish the names of rape victims.

According to the documents, the victim said the incident happened on a weekend when her family was celebrating her grandmother’s birthday. The incident date was placed on Sunday, Nov. 14, 1993.

According to the victim in the documents, she stayed home to babysit a 3-year-old cousin. Watson returned from the celebration and the victim believed him to be under the influence of alcohol.

She said fondling began soon after she let him in the house, he pulled at her shorts and raped her, including orally, according to the case file.

According to the report, she told her mother that night, but was not believed at the time due to her past rebellious actions. In his case notes, Weese said the mother corroborated the victim’s story.

Weese added that Watson, in a taped interview in which he waived his rights to have an attorney present, admitted to some fondling that took place when the victim appeared in bed with him after he came home from celebrating.

According to Weese, Watson denied any other sexual activity with the victim. He said he thought another woman was in bed with him as he awoke, and he stopped when he discovered it was the victim.


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