W.V. Man Gets 200-Plus-Years Sentence

WHEELING, W.V. (AP) - A West Virginia man has been sentenced to up to 705 years in prison for sex crimes involving an 8-year-old boy.

The Intelligencer reports that 37-year-old James Watts was sentenced Friday in Ohio County Circuit Court to 215 to 705 years. He received the maximum penalty from Circuit Judge James Mazzone.

Watts was convicted in August on multiple counts of first-degree sexual assault, first-degree sexual abuse and sexual abuse by a person in a position of trust to a child. At the time, Watts was serving a Marshall County sentence for displaying obscene matter to a child and soliciting a minor for sex by computer.

Prosecutors said the incidents occurred in 2008 at the boy's home while his mother was at work.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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