November 14, 2013: The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office has charged 24 year old Leon Watson with Rape, Involuntary Deviant Sexual Intercourse (IDSI), False Imprisonment, Unlawful Restraint, Endangering the Welfare of a Child (EWOC), Corruption of Minors, Indecent Exposure, Indecent Assault, and Recklessly Endangering Another Person(REAP) for sexually assaulting two young boys.
Watson, who lives on the 2400 block of W. Diamond Street, developed a relationship with two brothers, ages 8 and 9, which led to him sexually assaulting both boys and the boys eventually moving into his home in October. An anonymous tip led authorities to Watson’s home over the weekend, and he was arrested on Sunday, November 10, 2013.
Leon Watson was a part-time coach for the Rhawnhurst Raiders football team from August of this year until October. Watson had also formed his own neighborhood team called the “Little Vicks,” which was comprised of young boys from his neighborhood. The District Attorney’s Office believes there may be more victims and is urging parents involved with Rhawnhurst Raiders or “Little Vicks” football teams to speak to their children. The investigation is ongoing.
If you have any information on Leon Watson you are urged to call police immediately, at either 9-1-1 or the Special Victim’s Unit at 215-685- 3251.
The District Attorney’s Office reminds the public that it also has a special phone line and email address for individuals to report sexual abuse to our office. Contact the DA’s office at 215-686-8019 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you or a family member is a victim of sexual abuse, you should contact authorities immediately.
Watson is currently being held on $500,000 bail and his scheduled for a preliminary hearing on November 25, 2013 at 1801 Vine Street.