Enid coach, bus driver arrested, accused of child molestation
ENID, Okla. – Police arrested a coach and bus driver in Enid Wednesday and are now working to find out if the man has more victims.
Investigators believe Patrick Watts, 38, sexually assaulted a child he once coached at a Kansas school district.
The man now faces charges of lewd molestation and sodomy after a child came forward and told a counselor Watts molested him when he was 13-years-old.
“It makes you sick,” said Angela Allison.
A teacher and mother herself, Allison lives next door to Watts.
“That’s very scary,” said Allison. “We live literally three houses down from a school where children walk by here every day by themselves.”
Parents and the school district trusted Watts with children.
Administrators even hired him as a bus driver. He helped coach wrestling and football at Emerson Middle School, but police say his victim was one of his students in Kansas.
“I believe Watts was one of his coaches,” said Sgt. Bryan Hart.
Sgt. Hart says the child told investigators Watts sexually assaulted him two years ago; when the two traveled to Watts’ hometown of Enid.
“Mr. Watts at one point transported him to Enid so they could go to Stillwater to watch a football game. After the game, they came back to Enid where they got a motel room,” said Sgt. Hart. “[Watts] He requested a king size bed. Sometime during the night the victim woke up to Mr. Watts performing oral sex on him.”
Sgt. Hart says the victim says that happened in 2011. It wasn’t until now that the child told a counselor.
Once police questioned Watts, Sgt. Hart says he did confess to some of the victim’s statements.
“He made admissions that they were at that specific hotel, that they did get a room with one king size bed and that some of what the victim said happened could possibly have happened,” Sgt. Hart said.
NewsChannel 4 went to Watts’ home to get his side of the story. No one answered the door.
Enid Public School District sent us this statement:
“Nothing is more important than the safety of our students, and the district does everything possible to ensure their safety. Today we were notified by the Enid Police Department that a bus driver had been arrested on allegations of inappropriate interaction with a minor from another state. We are investigating the situation, and the employee is no longer performing his duties with the district.”