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Judge orders GPS monitor for sexual assault suspect

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James Kelvin Watson (Source: Myrtle Beach Police) James Kelvin Watson (Source: Myrtle Beach Police)
Sketch of suspect (Source: Myrtle Beach Police Department) Sketch of suspect (Source: Myrtle Beach Police Department)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A man accused of sexual assault by more than one female victim is now facing the consequences as one of victims claimed harassment.

James Kelvin Watson was charged with assault with attempt to commit criminal sexual conduct and was ordered back to court after his victim claims he's been stalking her.

But he didn't show up. Bond was revoked and Watson was wanted by police.

During a second scheduled court appearance on Tuesday, Nov. 13, Watson placed on a GPS monitor, and was banned from 48th Avenue through 52nd Avenue North.

The attorney defending the victim says that the ruling he wanted in order to protect his client. Now with GPS tracking his every move, it can be empirical proven if Watson is stalking his victims.

Watson is scheduled to have an initial jury hearing on Nov. 16 at 8:30 a.m. in Conway.

"I think there's a good chance he'll wander through the neighborhood, I really do," these words were said by the victim when Watson was arrested back in September. Now, she says the nightmare is far from over.

"He is coming right up in front of my house," she said. "He's standing in the median of the highway and looking."

A day on the beach became a nightmare for the Myrtle Beach woman when an unknown man, whom police believe is Watson, attacked and sexually assaulted her as she sunbathed. She says the most terrifying part is the fact this isn't the first time she's been confronted by this man.

"I felt something touching my leg," the victim said. "I look up to see an African-American male, a really big guy, squatting down with his privates out. He was rubbing my leg, trying to touch me."

The victim was assaulted as she was sunbathing off 50th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach one Monday evening in early September. But, she says her first encounter with the man happened as far back as April.

"I had a young lady with me at the beach who is like a daughter to me," she said. "We reported him to Beach Patrol when he approached us, touching himself."

The victim says she was able to fight off her attacker and chase him away, much to her own disbelief. But she says what shocked her even more was the fact two young men stood idly by as she was assaulted.

"I just couldn't understand, these two big, healthy, young guys just froze and watched," claims the victim. "One of them apologized later, but saying 'you're sorry' is different than helping a woman when she's attacked."

"Everyone of these assaults has been the same description," said neighbor Shelley Bischoff, "small body-type, petite, and brunette. That describes a lot of my friends that live around here."

Police released a sketch of a possible suspect on Friday, Sept. 7. That suspect, 35-year-old James Kelvin Watson of Myrtle Beach, was taken into custody on the morning of Sept. 22.

"I found out Saturday morning," the victim said. "They called me to come to his bond hearing."

Booking records at J. Reuben Long Detention Center show Watson is charged with two counts of indecent exposure, assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct, possession of marijuana, and possession of cocaine.

His total bond was set at $204,000, and he was released from custody on October 2.

Six more victims have come forward to testify against Watson, but they were not present to make impact statements at the initial bond hearing.

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