Clark County man sentenced to three years in prison on sex charges involving child

Published: Tuesday, August 20, 2019 @ 2:31 PM

Brandon Watkins, left, reads a statement before his sentence Aug. 20, 2019, in Clark County Common Pleas Court.
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Brandon Watkins, left, reads a statement before his sentence Aug. 20, 2019, in Clark County Common Pleas Court.(JENNA LAWSON / STAFF)

An 18-year-old who pleaded guilty to gross sexual imposition involving a victim younger than 13 was sentenced today to three years in prison.

Brandon Watkins, 18, sexually assaulted a girl at a Clark County church function affiliated with North Hampton Community Church, the Clark County Prosecutor’s Office said.

Watkins was labeled as a Tier II sexual offender, meaning he’ll have to register his address with the local sheriff’s office every 180 days for the next 25 years.

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Watkins was a student in the Northeastern Local School District and the Springfield Clark County Career Technology Center. The prosecutor’s office said Watkins was enrolled in the early childhood education program at the CTC.

Both schools declined to comment on the case because of student privacy laws.