North Philly football coach accused of molesting four more people

Prosecutors say a football coach molested three more minor boys and an intellectually disabled male, bringing the total number of alleged victims to six.

leon watson coach Leon Watson Credit: DA


A part-time football coach currently jailed on charges of allegedly molesting two brothers has been accused of molesting four more victims, prosecutors announced today.


Leon Watson, 24, is awaiting arraignment on new charges of rape, involuntary deviant sexual intercourse, false imprisonment, and other charges for allegedlymolesting three more children and one mentally disabled adult.


Watson, of the 2400 block of West Diamond Street, was arrested on Nov. 10 after authorities received a tip about his alleged activities.


At that time, two brothers, aged 8 and 9, whom Watson had reportedly developed a relationship with, had recently moved to the home, prosecutors said.

Watson was re-arrested Monday night on charges of molesting three more minor boys who played football for Watson's neighborhood team, the "Little Vicks," as well as an "intellectually disabled adult male."

Prosecutors say these three boys also frequently slept over at Watson's house, where he sexually assaulted them.

Watson was a part-time football coach for the Rhawnhurst Raiders from August to October of this year, in addition to coaching the "Little Vicks."

The DA’s office think there may be more victims and is encouraging parents or children who played with the Rhawnhurst Raiders or Little Vicks to come forward and call 911 or contact the Special Victim’s Unit at 215-685-3251.


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