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Updated: Criminal Sex Charges Filed Against Board of Ed Member Watts

Christopher Watts was taken into custody in Florida after allegedly traveling there to have sex with a minor.

Windsor Board of Education member Christopher Watts was charged with attempting to entice a 14-year-old girl to engage in sexual activity via the internet, according to the United States Attorney's office.

Watts, the U.S. Attorney's office says, responded to a chat-room posting on an unidentified "public Website" that said "dad has daughter."

The online posting was made by an undercover officer investigating the particular website Watts was allegedly using.

The U.S. Attorney's office says Watts, 38, told the undercover officer having sex with a 14-year-old girl was a "big fantasy" of his, sent an explicit photo of himself, and then traveled to Brevard County, FL, where he was taken into custody.

According to NBC Connecticut, the Florida criminal complaint filed in court says Watts used the Website under the screen name "luvpervymoms," told officials that he "had a hyper-sexual problem" and had a history of "viewing videos and images of children in sexual acts."

If convicted, he faces a minimum of 10 years to life in federal prison.

Windsor Public Schools representative Laura Soll said Friday district staff and administrators are just finding out about the news now, and it's unlikely that an official statement will be released.

"If it's true this would sadden us," Soll said, adding that Watts, who has served on Windsor's Board of Education since 2005, is a very involved member of the community.

In addition to serving on the Board of Education, Watts served as chair of the Windsor Historic District Commission, the Assisant Director for the Vintage Radio and Communications Museum of Connecticut and as ex-officio member of the Windsor Education Foundation, which raises money for technology and education programs in the town's public schools.

According his bio the Windsor Education Foundation Website, Watts is also a former editor for the Associated Press and a former press secretary for the Connecticut's House Democrats.

Watts was re-elected to the Board of Education in 2011's municipal elections.

He moved to Windsor in 1997, is married and is a father.

United States Homeland Security, the Brevard County Sherriff's office and the Windsor Police Department are involved in the investigation.

Calls to several Windsor Board of Education members and Windsor Democratic Town Committee members were not immediately returned Friday.

Skip Cashwell March 31, 2012 at 02:20 PM
So typical of the democrat political machine and the voters that "pull the lever" instead of reviewing the candidates for whom they vote...regardless of party. Since 2005 - six years of this crap! and he says, "...again no interaction with children." He readily admits his "hyper-sexual problems" that cases him to "repeat old patterns," and yet, no local children molested or raped? This calls for a full investigation!
Aaron Jubrey April 01, 2012 at 12:30 PM
This is not a left vs right issue. This is a man who aoparently has a serious problem and he needs help. Chris Watts and his behavior don't represent all democrats in the same manner Skip Cashwell doesn't represent all republicans. Furthermore, while we disagree philosophically often, I have friends on the democratic town committee who are as surprised and disgusted as all of us. And to suggest there was a coverup just so the democrats could keep a majority is baseless. Skip suggests the voters didn't do their homework in voting for Chris, but to there was no evidence available for anyone to believe he was doing any of this. A review of the candidates wouldn't have shown this perversion. Unless Skip knew something nobody else knew before this week, and if so why wasn't it brought to the authorities? Don't blame voters as if more research would have shown them he was a sex offender. He has no record of this behavior.
L. Sammartano April 01, 2012 at 07:19 PM
I find it incredible that there are those out there who would chose to make this a political issue. Chris Watts is obviously a troubled man, but no one could have foretold that. The real victims here are not the voting public, or -- heaven forbid -- the Republican Party, but his innocent wife and child who deserve our support in what I can only image to be an enormously difficult time.
Catherine & Dennis April 01, 2012 at 10:57 PM
I agree completely with Mr Jubrey and L. Sammartano. Well said
Sasha April 02, 2012 at 12:03 PM
Really? You think one man's personal issues have spread to other members of the Board of Education and Town Council? The people on these committees have families and lives. Don't be rude.

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