William Watts, Sr.
Philadelphia Pennsylvania Police Department
|Dates of Service||1989-2021|
|Last Known Status||Suspended|
2001 Sexual Assault
In 2001, Watts was in uniform when he approached a woman outside of a grocery store and threatened to issue her a traffic citation unless she sent him nude photos of herself.
An internal investigation corroborated the incident.
2002 Sexual Assault
In 2002, Watts caught a woman having sex with a man in her car. Watts demanded that the woman perform a sex act on him.
The investigation ended when the victim refused to cooperate with the investigation after filing the initial complaint.
2021 Child Pornography
On October 20, 2021, Philadelphia Pennsylvania Police Department Officer William Watts, Sr. was found to have used the internet to download images of children being sexually abused.
The Philadelphia Police Commissioner plans to suspend Watts for 30 days with the intent to dismiss him afterwards.
On October 20, 2021, Watts was arrested and charged with transportation and possession of child pornography. If convicted, Watts faces a maximum possible sentence of 40 years in prison.
Watts was terminated.
In July 2022, Watts pleaded guilty.
On December 14, 2022, Watts was sentenced to 5 years and 10 months in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release. Watts must register as a sex offender.
- Philadelphia Police officer arrested on child pornography charges, FOX 29, 2021-10-21
- Rodrigo Torrejon, Former Philly cop sentenced to more than 5 years in prison on child porn charges, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2022-12-14