Former high school athletic trainer admits to sex with one student, oral sex with another

MASSAC COUNTY, IL — School safety is more than making sure your children are safe from violence. It’s also making sure the people in charge are doing the right thing.

An athletic trainer who was working at Massac County High School pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse against two students. In her plea agreement, Felicia Williams-Watson agreed to serve four years of probation.

Williams-Watson wasn’t employed by the school district. She worked for The Orthopaedic Institute of Western Kentucky. She was removed from her position at the high school when the district heard of the sexual allegations.

Her plea deal outlines that she’s not allowed to coach or train anyone under the age of 18. She’s also required to go to counseling, register as a sex offender, and have no contact with the victims.

The case against the 26-year-old athletic trainer started more than a year ago. The victims are two male students who were both younger than 18 at the time. Because they are minors, they weren’t named in court.

Cameras are not allowed in the courtroom, but I was in there when Williams-Watson pleaded guilty to having sex with one minor and oral sex with the other. She was originally charged with six counts: four counts of sexual assault and two counts of aggravated sexual abuse. In the plea agreement, the four counts of sexual assault were dropped.

Special Prosecutor Lisa Irvin

Special prosecutor Lisa Irvin says families of both victims approved of the plea deal.

After Williams-Watson pleaded guilty, she tried to tell the judge that she did not have sex with one of the students. He said he would not accept a plea deal if she wasn’t actually guilty. She then went back and said she was guilty.

I contacted family of one of the victims who I’ve been in contact with over the course of this case. They did not want to talk about what happened.

With several McCracken County employees in trouble for sexual offenses, it brings up the question: How did this school handle this situation? Massac County Superintendent Jason Hayes didn’t want to appear on camera, but he said that everyone in the district is a mandatory reporter. That means if they hear that some kind of abuse could be happening, they must immediately tell the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. That’s what he said they did in this case, and DCFS then handed it to police.

Williams-Watson isn’t expected to be back in court for the charges unless she doesn’t pay the fines. She owes about $3,000 to the court for several things, including probation fees and sex offender registry fees.

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