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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Jan 10, 2014

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

J. Michael Engle (at trial) and Emma Rae Tennent (on appeal), Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, William James Watt.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Tracy L. Bradshaw, Senior Counsel; Victor S. Johnson, III, District Attorney General; and Sharon Reddick, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.


A Davidson County jury convicted the Defendant, William James Watt, of three counts of rape of a child and three counts of aggravated sexual battery. The trial court sentenced the Defendant, a Range I, standard offender, to twenty-five years at 100 percent for each of the rape of a child convictions and to ten years at 100 percent for each of the aggravated battery convictions. The court ordered the Defendant to serve some of the sentences consecutively, for a total effective sentence of thirty-five years, at 100 percent. On appeal, the Defendant contends that: (1) the evidence is insufficient to sustain two of his convictions for rape of a child and one of his convictions for aggravated sexual battery; (2) the trial court erred when it denied his motion for substitution of counsel and to continue his trial; and (3) his sentence is excessive. After a thorough review of the record and applicable authorities, we affirm the trial court’s judgments.