Jury convicts Knox man of 111 counts in sexual assault case

A Knox man was convicted Friday of 111 charges related to the rape of a girl over a six-year period.

Floyd Harry Watson, 45, was on trial for coercing the victim to have oral sex with him from the time she was 11 until she was 17.

The victim, who is now 20, testified Thursday at Watson’s two-day trial.

Watson was convicted of single counts of rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, endangering the welfare of a child and corruption of a minor, and multiple counts of statutory sexual assault, involuntary sexual intercourse with the threat of forcible compulsion, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a person less than 16, sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault without consent, aggravated indecent assault with a person less than 16, indecent assault and indecent assault of a person less than 16.

The charges were filed after an investigation initiated in August 2019 by Clarion state police.

Defense attorney Leonard Berger repeatedly questioned the victim Friday about the frequency of the acts and the time and location of the violations. At one point the woman broke down and requested a recess.

Clarion County District Attorney Drew Welsh thanked the jury for its consideration in “such a serious matter.”

“The jury listened to the evidence,” said Welsh. “The victim was a credible witness. She conducted herself bravely in a very unusual situation.”

“It is a good day for Clarion County that a person who would commit such a heinous crime to a child is off our streets,” said Welsh.

Judge Sara Seidle-Patton ordered a review by the sexual assessment board prior to sentencing.