Rochester man pleads not guilty to child sex abuse charge

Authorities say the victim was a girl under the age of 13.

Posted: Dec. 19, 2017 11:52 AM

ROCHESTER, Minn. – A man accused of sexually abusing a young girl is pleading not guilty.

26-year-old Michael Jacob Watson of Rochester was arrested in October and charged with 1st degree criminal sexual conduct. The Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office says a girl under the age of 13 reported Watson sexually abusing her on more than one occasion.

According to the criminal complaint, Watson acknowledged sexual contact with the girl when he was interviewed after his arrest. Authorities say Watson admitted to having sexual contact with the girl when she was approximately four or five years old and that it happened at least six times before she was nine.

A trial has been set for April 30, 2018 in Olmsted County District Court.

Online records show Watson was convicted of 3rd degree criminal sexual conduct in Olmsted County in February 2014. He was sentenced to 10 years of probation and is listed as having violated that probation twice. Watson was given 30 days of electronic home monitoring after the first violation and 45 days of work release at the Olmsted County Adult Detention Center after the second.

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