Clarion Co. man facing nearly 150 sex assault charges

From staff reports

A Clarion County man accused of sexually abusing a girl over several years is facing a slew of felony charges.

Clarion state police said Floyd Harry Watson, 44, of Ashland Township, committed sexual acts against the girl from the time she was 11 until she was 17.

Felony charges against Watson include two counts of rape-forcible compulsion, 15 counts each of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse-person less than 16, sexual assault, corruption of minors-defendant 18 or above, and endangering the welfare of children-parent/guardian/other commits offense; 13 counts each of aggravated indecent assault without consent and aggravated indecent assault-complainant less than 16, seven counts of statutory sexual assault and eight counts of statutory sexual assault-11 years older.

Watson is also facing 13 misdemeanor counts each of indecent assault-without consent and indecent assault-person less than 16.

In total, Watson is facing 144 charges in the case.

Watson was arraigned before District Judge Amy Long Turk and remains lodged in the Clarion County jail after failing to post bail.

He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Jan. 7.