Rochester Man Accused of Sexually Abusing Young Child

October 19, 2017 05:45 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- On Wednesday, October 11th, the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office was notified by the Olmsted County child protection services office about a child who had been sexually abused. 

According to Olmsted County Sheriff's Captain Scott Behrns, the sheriff's office interviewed the 12-year-old victim on Tuesday, October 17th. The victim told authorities that the abuse began when the victim was five-years-old, and the suspect is a man the victim knows. The victim said suspect would sometimes put straps on their arms and back, and sexually assault them over a lawnmower.


Also on Tuesday, the sheriff's office interviewed the suspect, 26-year-old Michael Watson of Rochester. Capt. Behrns says Watson admitted that sexual acts did occur with the child. 

Capt. Behrns says Watson is a registered offender for a 3rd-degree criminal sexual conduct conviction in 2013. 

Capt. Behrns also says the victim is now suffering from anxiety and depression because of the abuse. 

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