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Saturday, August 20, 2005                                                                                       View Comments

Pastor Charged With Child Molestation


A Union County pastor, former NAACP president and Union County School Board member faces charges of child molestation.

George Watson's picture and details of the molestation charges against him are all over the front page of the Union Daily Paper, while the charges date back nearly 10 years ago, the 21-year-old victim says he wants closure now.

Watson is charged with three counts of criminal sexual conduct with a minor. According to police, the victim is Watson's relative. The incidents allegedly happened when the boy was 12 or 13 years old through his senior year of high school. The Sheriff's Office report says Watson sexually assaulted the boy at several locations in Union and Spartanburg counties. The victim says Watson performed oral sex acts on him, against his will. Sexually instances allegedly happened at Watson's home, the church where he was a preacher at and Arthur State Bank.

Many people who know Watson did not want to go on camera, but say he's a good man and the new is shocking.

Shirley Spears knows Watson and says, "It's a big surprise to me, it was a shock, I've seen him ride by here, I don't know him that well, but he'd come by and talk to my husband."

Some people in Union did say nothing surprises them anymore these days and you never know what someone is capable of, still they say Watson's innocent until proven guilty.

Watson is being held at the Union County Jail on $30,000 bond, once he pays that he'll be taken to Spartanburg County Jail where he faces similar molestation charges.

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