Woodstock teacher, Mr. Raymond Watts, likes watching little boys being sexually abused.
And months after being caught with the images, he pleaded guilty to possessing and distributing them, according to the U.S. Attorney General’s Office.
“The possession and distribution of child pornography is a disturbing crime, but the potential harms to the community are increased exponentially when the defendant is entrusted with children at a local school,” U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said Thursday after Mr. Watts guilty plea.
It’s unclear how long Mr. Watts, 55, has been watching and trading these images. But the Mill Creek Middle School teacher told an officer working undercover that he worked at basketball games and participated in other activities to be around boys.
He preferred boys who are 9 to 12 years old, he confided to the officer.
He collected thousands of images of them being sexually abused; and in his white, single-family home with brown shutters and a brown front door, the middle school teacher would sit and watch them for hours.
He managed to go undetected until officers arrested members of a child pornography network in Australia in 2009, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
The subsequent investigation linked the network to members in the United States and to Mr. Raymond Robin Watts of Kingston, spokesman Mr. Patrick Crosby said.
“The sexual exploitation of children is a despicable crime, and it is especially alarming when it is perpetrated by someone in a position of trust,” said Brock Nicholson, Acting Special Agent in charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Atlanta.
Mr. Watts was charged in February after the officer befriended him, spending time talking to him on the phone and having dinner at his home at 21 Gatepost Lane.
The officer said Mr. Watts rolling screen saver had images of nude boys between the ages of 10 and 15. On the computer, Mr. Watts pulled up images of nude boys from 8 to 18 years old. He saved more than a thousand sexually explicit images of children unto a thumb drive for his new friend.
Though, he had several folders, the officer said in his report that Mr. Watts only saved one with 1,027 images unto the thumb drive.
“Of the 1,027 images, approximately one-third were child pornography of boys ranging in age of 8 to 18,” the officer said. “another one-third were images that could be considered child erotica (children clothed but positioned in a sexual manner), and the last one-third were of boys (6-18) fully clothed.”
Mr. Watts faces up to 30 years in prison for his crime and is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 3, Mr. Crosby said.
“Although all child pornography cases are tragic because of their victims, this case was even more troubling because the defendant taught in a middle school where he had daily interaction with children,” Mrs. Yates has said.