Williamson Co. corrections officer accused of indecency with a child

James Watson Kelley
James Watson Kelley

GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) — A corrections officer in Williamson County is facing charges of indecency with a child after being accused of inappropriately touching an 11-year-old girl.

The girl said during an interview at the Williamson County Children’s Advocacy Center that 59-year-old James Watson Kelley touched her inappropriately Aug. 21, while he was babysitting for her at his apartment. Kelley had been a family friend of the girl for four years, an arrest affidavit said.

The girl told her mother about the incident, prompting her to reach out to Kelley via text message. Police viewed the conversation in which Kelley said he was sorry for touching the girl inappropriately “and for making her uncomfortable,” the document said. Other messages indicated Kelley wanted to talk with the girl so he could “help” her and “straighten the whole thing out,” police added.

When speaking with officers, they say Kelley admitted to touching the girl inappropriately and had blown on the girl’s stomach. He also asked the girl if he could “blow on other parts of her body that would feel good,” the affidavit said, but tried to explain he was only messing around with the girl.

Kelley had been working as a corrections officer in Williamson County since August 2005 and was placed on administrative leave with pay during the investigation. He is being held in the Williamson County Jail on $150,000 bond.


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