Watts, Former Windsor School Board Member, Pleads Guilty to Sex Charges

Charged with enticing a minor to engage in sexual activity via the internet, Christopher Watts entered a guilty plea in early August, according to news reports.

Five months after federal charges of enticing a 14-year-old girl to engage in sexual activity were levied against Christopher Watts, the former school board member has entered a guilty plea, according to a CTNow.com report.

With no opportunity to post bail provided, Watts has remained in custody since his May 29 arrest in a Kissimee, FL, hotel room.

According to court documents, Watts flew to Florida after having engaged in a month-long negotiation to secure a sexual liason with the teenage daughter of a man he met in an Internet chat room; a man who was an undercover agent.

CTNow.com reports that Watts will appear in court again on Jan. 3 for sentencing.

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The guilty plea comes as no surprise,

He also  to his family and the fictional mother of the young girl he attempted contacted via the Internet.

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 of one.

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Skip Cashwell August 30, 2012 at 04:09 PM
More complete info from the Hartford Current (via Orange County, FL): WINDSOR — — Former Windsor Board of Education member Christopher Watt's has entered a guilty plea in connection with his arrest in a child sex sting in Florida earlier this year. Watts, 38, pleaded guilty to one count of enticing a minor to engage in sexual activity. The crime is punishable by a mandatory minimum of sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000 and five years probation. The maximum sentence is life in prison. Watts will also be required to register as a sex offender. A second charge of using a computer in the commission of the crime was dropped as part of the plea agreement and prosecutors will recommend that the court take Watt's acceptance of responsibility into account when deciding the length of his incarceration, according to court documents. Prosecutors are also expected to recommend that Watts receive a sentence at the "low end of the applicable guideline range," according to the agreement.


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