New alleged victims come forward against registered sex offender brothers


by Bryan Baker

Posted on June 4, 2012 at 11:13 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 4 at 11:22 PM

SHEPHERDSVILLE, KY. (WHAS11) -- A pair of brothers, who are both registered sex offenders in Kentucky face new sex charges tonight. A woman who spoke to WHAS11 nearly one year ago may have helped these new alleged victims come forward.

Harvey Watts has already served prison time for sodomy, rape and sexual abuse. According to the Kentucky Sex Offender Registry, his brother, Larry Watts served prison time after being convicted of sex charges involving eight victims from six to 11-years-old.

Harvey is in Louisville Metro Corrections now where he faces charges against a woman stemming from last year. Prosecutors say because of her interview with WHAS11 in August, alleged victims from Bullitt County called police to report the 59-year old's alleged connection to them in the 1970s.

"He's an animal," said the woman, who didn't want to be identified. "That's all he is. He's sick. I don't even have the words to describe him. He's not even human."

The woman noticed Harvey's name in the Bullitt County newspaper last week.

"I was actually excited," she said. "I know it sounds weird, but I was happy that some people were brave enough to come forward."

She would know. The woman says she was six years old when Watts raped and sodomized her while he worked as a contractor, where she says he visited homes to lay carpet. That was 15 years ago.

"He caught me in the closet, and that's where it happened," says the woman. "I don't like to go into details about it. It's a hard thing to deal with as it is, and then one time in a van."

She told her story to WHAS11 to convince others to speak up when watts was charged with abusing her last year.

It worked.

Bullitt County prosecutors charged Watts again Monday with sodomy and sexual abuse of a victim under 12 years old. This time the alleged abuse happened in the 1970s.

"I know that other people need justice," said the woman. "They need to be brave enough to come forward and get their justice and get what's owed to them and be able to look him in the face and let him know that they're not scared of him anymore."

Larry Watts, also a registered sex offender, was charged last week with rape, sodomy, and sexual abuse of multiple victims younger than 12. The woman says she met Larry once, but it's Harvey she and her husband will never forget.

"We can't have children," she added. "We were told by the doctor we can't have children, because of several different problems that were caused by what he done. And I still have trouble with that, i mean everyday it's a difficult struggle."

Larry's trial date for these 12 new sex charges is set for August.