Conroe, June 18 – On Tuesday, June 16, 2020, Curtis Watkins was sentenced to 30 years in prison following a plea agreement in the 221st District Court on the charge of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child. Watkins will have to serve at least half of his sentence before he is eligible for parole.
This case was initiated in April 2019, when the Defendant was identified in an investigation out of California. Agents with Homeland Security Investigations determined that Watkins was in the Houston area and had direct access to a child and that child was at extreme risk of sexual abuse. Agents in California quickly coordinated with federal and state law enforcement with the Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce who identified the child and apprehended Curtis Watkins. Watkins ultimately confessed to sexually abusing the child.
This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations with the assistance of the Conroe Police Department and prosecuted by the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office. All agencies are members of the Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce. The Task Force is a multi-agency effort that includes officers from local, state and federal agencies who combine resources to combat the online exploitation of children. Children’s Safe Harbor, Montgomery County’s Children’s Advocacy Center, assisted in this investigation.