NC man granted new trial on sex offenses

Calvin Sherwood Watts.

RALEIGH, N.C. (WECT) – The NC Court of Appeals has granted a man from Columbus County a new trial on sex offenses.

In October 2014, a jury found Calvin Sherwood Watts guilty of multiple sex offenses, including attempted rape of a child, three counts of statutory sex offense and first-degree kidnapping. Watts was sentenced to up to 50 years in prison.

Watts was accused of keeping a minor at his home in Tabor City against her will in 2011. Authorities said Watts threatened the minor to not report the incident to anyone.

Watts appealed the verdict based on the court allowing evidence of a prior dismissed assault claim into testimony. The Court of Appeals ruled that because this information was erroneously allowed into trial, Watts was entitled to a new trial.

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