TVRJ employee charged with felony


ELKINS — A Tygart Valley Regional Jail employee has been charged with a felony count of imposition of sexual acts on an incarcerated person.

Timothy James Watson, 21, of Buckhannon, was the subject of an investigation by the TVRJ. He is currently being held at TVRJ on a $50,000 cash or property bond, set by Randolph County Magistrate Mike Dyer.

According to the criminal complaint, prepared by Trooper First Class J.M. Tallman of the West Virginia State Police, a TVRJ investigator contacted Tallman, saying he had “inappropriate video and audio recordings between Mr. Watson” and a female inmate.

The video appears to show Watson displaying his genitals to the inmate “by standing in front of the window and shining a light on it,” the complaint states. The video also appears to show the inmate touch Watson’s genitals “in the doorway to the pod.”

Tallman interviewed the inmate, who said Watson had touched her genital region and she had touched his. She also said he had shown his genitals to her and her pod mates “a couple of times,” and that she called him “Daddy” and he called her “Kitten,” according to the complaint.

Tallman then interviewed Watson, who reportedly said he showed his genitals to the inmate and the other females in the pad twice, and that he touched the inmate inappropriately and allowed her to touch him. Watson reportedly said “he knew it was wrong and that he made a mistake,” the report states.

If convicted of this charge, Watson could serve from one to five years in prison or fined up to $5,000.