Auburn man indicted for first degree sexual abuse


An Auburn man has been indicted on three counts of first degree sexual abuse involving two children under the age of 12.

Wayne G. Watkins, 56, of 2468 Cemetery Road in Auburn, was indicted on June 26, 2015, by a Logan County Grand Jury.

Count one states that on or between the first day of May and the 30th day of August, 2013, in Logan County and being against the peace and dignity of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Watkins knowingly and unlawfully committed the offense of sexual abuse in the first degree when he subjected another person who was less than 12 years old to sexual contact, when he inserted his finger in a juvenile.

Count two states that on or between the first day of May and the 30th day of August, 2013, in Logan County and being against the peace and dignity of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Watkins knowingly and unlawfully committed the offense of sexual abuse in the first degree when he subjected another person who was less than 12 years old to sexual contact, when he made a juvenile touch his penis with their hand.

Count three (a second victim) states that on or between the first day of May and the 30th day of August, 2013, in Logan County and being against the peace and dignity of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Watkins knowingly and unlawfully committed the offense of sexual abuse in the first degree when he subjected another person who was less than 12 years old to sexual contact, when he touched a juvenile’s vagina with his hand.

The function of the Grand Jury is to determine whether there is sufficient competent evidence to believe that a crime has been committed by a specific individual. This does not mean those individuals are guilty of a crime. The innocence or guilt is finally determined by a petit jury at trial.

Note: Names and charges are supplied by the Office of the Commonwealth Attorney to the news media after the Grand Jury returns the indictment in open court to the Circuit Judge; they are of public record at the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office. The specific identity of the person indicted is included in the original or amended indictment.

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