A former Albemarle County Boy Scout leader accused of forcible sodomy of a juvenile is going to stay locked up after a bond hearing Monday morning.
Last 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' arrest warrant gives us insight into why police have charged him. Investigators say the 2005 incident, which involved a boy under the age of 13, involved both oral and anal sex.
Monday, Watkins appeared in Albemarle County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court, in a jailhouse jumpsuit and looking disheveled. He had been scheduled for a hearing on his bond status, but that's now been taken off the plate by his own attorney. His attorney decided to withdraw a motion that Watkins be allowed to get out of jail while awaiting trial.
Prosecutor Darby Lowe had been on the record opposing bond for Watkins. After Monday morning's two-minute long hearing, Lowe said that in a case like this - where sexual abuse against a minor is being alleged - there's a presumption against bond being granted.
Watkins is due back in court for a preliminary hearing on December 17. If convicted, he could face five years to life in prison.
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