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Former WCHS coach pleads guilty to sexual abuse

A 61-year-old Versailles man who was an assistant coach for the Woodford County boys' basketball team pleaded guilty to an amended felony charge of first-degree sexual abuse (victim under 16 years of age) in Woodford Circuit Court on Oct. 4. Larry Watts was originally charged with two counts of first-degree sexual abuse (victim under 12 years of age). Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Lee Greenup told Circuit Judge Paul Isaacs that the charge was amended after he consulted with the victim in the case. He recommended Watts serve one year in prison under the plea agreement. With the exception of the victim's age, Greenup said the facts of the case remain the same. An indictment stated that Watts subjected a girl to sexual contact in 2001. Watts was scheduled to return to Woodford Circuit Court for sentencing on Wednesday, Jan. 3, at 1 p.m. He will have an evaluation to determine his risk of committing another sex offense prior to being sentenced.

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