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Bond Hearing for Former Scout Leader Accused of Forcible Sodomy

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A former Keswick Boy Scout troop leader accused of a sex crime against a child will remain behind bars for now.

Wednesday 49-year-old David Brian Watkins of Keswick was arrested and charged with one felony count of forcible sodomy. Watkins spent six years as a Boy Scout troop leader in Keswick.

Watkins went before a judge in Madison County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court for the first time Thursday. The hearing was short; his bond was denied until at least Monday.

David Watkins' arrest warrant gives us insight into why Albemarle police have charged him with forcible sodomy. Investigators say the 2005 incident, which involved a boy under the age of 13, involved both oral and anal sex.

Watkins appeared for the bond hearing through a video uplink from the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail. Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Darby Lowe was at the jail for the hearing.

Watkins' attorney said she was not ready to move forward because she just got the case.

When asked if he had anything to say by the judge, Watkins said, "I really didn't know what this was."

At a press conference late Wednesday, police said they believed more victims are out there.

Albemarle County Commonwealth's Attorney Denise Lunsford said, "If there are other victims that come forward we're obviously going to interview those victims and that's the primary focus here."

Police say that they have received multiple calls since they setup a hotline (434-972-4045) for other potential victims to call. Investigators are now following up on those leads.

Another bond hearing has been set for Monday morning.

You may wonder why all this played out in Madison County. Judge Berry was the only person working Thursday to handle the case, so that is why it was heard there and not in Albemarle Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

Boy Scouts of America released the following statement:

"The abuse of anyone, especially a child, is intolerable and our thoughts and prayers go out to those who may be a victim of this type of reprehensible behavior.

The behavior included in these allegations runs counter to everything for which the Boy Scouts of America stands. This individual was removed from Scouting in June because the council received allegations of inappropriate behavior which took place outside of the Scouting program. As is directed by Scouting's mandatory reporting policy, council officials proactively notified law enforcement of the allegations, which did not warrant an arrest at that time. However, he was permanently banned from participating in the Scouting program.

The BSA seeks to prevent child abuse through a comprehensive program of education, chartered organization leader selection procedures, criminal background and other checks, barriers to abuse and prompt mandatory reporting. Because these allegations are currently under investigation, further questions should be directed to the local authorities."

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