Former Scout Leader charged with forcible sodomy faces bond hearing

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Former Boy Scout troop leader and Keswick resident David Watkins, 49, was charged with forcible sodomy Wednesday, November 28. Photo courtesy Albemarle County Police. Former Boy Scout troop leader and Keswick resident David Watkins, 49, was charged with forcible sodomy Wednesday, November 28. Photo courtesy Albemarle County Police.

Police say the former Boy Scout leader they arrested yesterday for allegedly sodomizing a boy in his troop several years ago could be at the center of more charges.

The Albemarle County Police Department arrested David Brian Watkins, 49, of Keswick, for forcible sodomy Wednesday, saying the victim, now an adult but 13 at the time of the 2005 abuse, came forward the day before Thanksgiving. At a press conference yesterday, police said Watkins was a Scout leader in Albemarle County from 2002 to 2008, and that they suspect he may have abused others during that period.

Additional charges are under consideration, police said, and if anyone in the community has information that may help the investigation, they’re encouraged to call 434-972-4045.

Watkins is currently in custody, and faces a bond hearing at 1:30pm today in Juvenile Domestic Relations Court. Albemarle County Commonwealth’s Attorney Denise Lunsford told the Daily Progress that her office intends to request Watkins be held without bond. If convicted, he faces a penalty of five years to life in prison.

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