A former Guilford County Public Schools teaching assistant has been arrested on multiple charges including the sexual exploitation of a minor and kidnapping.
Kevin Keyon Watson, age 27, has been charged with one count each of first-degree kidnapping, statutory sex offense with a child by an adult, and first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. He is also charged with two counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor.
The indecent liberties charges are a Class F felony punishable by 10 to 41 months in prison per count. The kidnapping charge is a Class E felony with a jail term of 15 to 63 months.
A statutory sex offense against a child by an adult charge is a Class B1 felony carrying a sentence of 144 months to life without parole. The first-degree sexual exploitation charge is a Class C felony with a sentence of 44 to 182 months.
Watson was arrested in the early hours of Feb. 7 and was released between 10:30 and 11:00 p.m. that evening.
A secured bond was set at $50,000 per charge or $250,000. At this time, it does not appear any of the alleged victims were students. Additionally, the alleged incidents did not occur in Guilford County.
Watson had been working at Sternberger Elementary, according to Guilford County Schools which released the following statement on Feb. 14:
“While GCS cannot legally respond regarding confidential personnel matters, we can say that we are aware of a law-enforcement investigation involving a former Sternberger Elementary staff member. The investigation is taking place in another county and is not connected to Sternberger Elementary or our school district in any way. Further, the police investigation does not involve any of our students or other staff members. Please know that the safety of our students and staff is our highest priority.”
Sternberger Elementary School’s Principal Lisa Williams also sent a letter to parents last Thursday, Feb. 10. describing a vacant position in the Early Childhood (EC) staff.
“I wanted to inform you that we have a vacant EC Teacher Assistant position for our fourth-grade classes,” wrote Williams. “We currently have a substitute EC Teacher Assistant working in this position, until the position is filled with a permanent employee. I will work collaboratively with our EC team and staff to secure a top candidate for this position.”
There is no teaching license on file for the state in Watson’s name.