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Former professor misses pre-trial hearing in child pornography case

Jan. 31, 2001

By JOHN HALL

Staff writer

Former Baylor assistant professor Bruce Watson has missed his pre-trial hearing on 10 counts of possession of child pornography.

His bond has been forfeited, and a warrant has been issued for his arrest. Another scheduled court appearance remains set for Monday.

Watson's attorney and bondsman, Charles V. McDonald, failed to return repeated phone calls Tuesday. If the bond is not recovered, McDonald is responsible for payment.

Watson was indicted Sept. 19, and each count is punishable by two to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

He was arrested in July after a Baylor computer technician discovered nude pictures of children on Watson's computer. The discovery led to the search of his home and the eventual arrest of Watson and his wife, Jessica, who was indicted on five counts of possession of child pornography.

Marijuana confiscated in Martin Residence Hall

Baylor Department of Public Safety officers confiscated a small amount of marijuana from Martin Residence Hall on Sunday. Baylor police are questioning a student in connection with the incident.

Bag Stolen from SLC

A student's bag with his paycheck inside was stolen between 2 and 3 p.m. Friday from a McLane Student Life Center locker. Baylor police have no suspects in the case.

Textbooks Stolen from Moody Library

Two textbooks were stolen from a student's bag as she stepped away to talk to a friend at about 3 p.m Friday. One of the books was sold back to the Baylor Bookstore. Baylor police are investigating further.

If you have any information about these crimes, call 710-2222.

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Bruce Watson