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Former Scout Leader Accused of Forcible Sodomy to Remain in Jail

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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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