A second possible victim has come forward with new accusations in the case of an ex-Missouri Highway Patrol trooper who was recently indicted in federal court for allegedly sexually exploiting a 17-year-old boy.
The Springfield News-Leader attended a hearing Thursday where federal prosecutors discussed a second person who has accused Justin D. Watson of sexually assaulting him about 10 years ago when he was 14.
Watson, 46, has not been charged in light of the new accusations, though he is currently facing charges in state and federal court in the other case.
The former trooper from Mountain View, Missouri, was formally charged in federal court May 1 with sexual exploitation of children. He has pleaded not guilty.
The boy — a student from Mountain View Liberty High School — reportedly told investigators last September that he and Watson had been in contact since November 2016 but did not have sex until he turned 17, the West Plains Daily Quill reported.
Watson was accused in October of taking sexually explicit photos using the boy's phone and forwarding the photos to himself.
In addition to his job with the Highway Patrol, the Daily Quill reported, the school district had hired Watson to umpire school baseball games.
The legal age of consent in Missouri is 17, but state and federal law prohibits capturing sexually explicit images of children under 18.
A trial in federal court is scheduled for June 11.
Watson also faces four counts in circuit court of sexual exploitation and one count of sexual contact with a student. The state case has transferred to Butler County, Missouri, and is still pending.
Watson is being held in the St. Clair County, Missouri, jail as he awaits trial.
With the possibility of another victim, prosecutors had argued Thursday that Watson should remain in custody while his attorney contended his client is not a danger to the community, the News-Leader reported.
Court records indicate Watson will stay in jail after a judge found "an adequate basis" for his detention.