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Former North Dakota police chief guilty of child sex abuse

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The former LaMoure police chief, James Watson, was found guilty Monday of continuous sexual abuse of a child under the age of 15 at a courthouse in Beach, N.D.

Early in the morning, Watson testified on his behalf and denied all the allegations. 

In her closing remarks, Golden Valley County State's Attorney Christina Wenko argued the victim had no reason to lie about the sexual abuse that she suffered, and she was also able to identify a mole on Watson's inner thigh. 

Watson's attorney, Kevin McCabe, argued in his closing remarks that the state's attorney failed to bring forward a witness that could corroborate the victim's allegations, and Watson had no prior history of sexual abuse.

The jury took about three hours to reach its outcome, and one jury member said they went back and forth many times before making their decision. But in the end they felt the state's attorney made a more compelling case and found the victim more believable than Watson. 

The state's attorney has 60 days to file her sentencing recommendation. Wenko said that she's happy the system worked in the victim's favor. 

Watson could be looking at a maximum sentence of life in prison for the crime he is convicted of in Golden Valley County, and he still has two other felony jury trials scheduled in Hettinger and Stark counties this month.

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