Saturday, March 28, 2009

John Harvey Watson - ROTC Teacher busted for Child Porn

A retired Marine colonel who taught a Reserve Officers Training Corps program at Ribault High School in Jacksonville was arrested Friday during an undercover child-pornography investigation.

John Harvey Watson, 61, was arrested at his Jacksonville home in the 1800 block of Spiceberry Circle after officers from the Attorney General’s CyberCrime Unit traced images of child porn back to his computer.

Authorities seized a personal desktop computer, an external hard drive, a thumbdrive and several CD-ROM discs from his home. Most of the girls depicted in the explicit images were middle and high-school aged, according to a news release from the Attorney General's Office.

School district spokeswoman Jill Johnson said Watson was a four-year veteran at Ribault. He was removed from classroom duties after his arrest and will be assigned a desk job away from students. Watson was charged with five counts of possessing child pornography and is being held at the Duval County jail without bond.

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