A convicted sex offender who pleaded guilty to stalking three teenage girls will serve two years in prison, a judge ordered last week.
Ronald Kevin Watson, 36, pleaded guilty earlier this year to three counts of stalking as a sex offender and violation of the sex offender registry. He received a two-year sentence on each conviction, but they will all be served at the same time for an effective sentence of two years.
Watson was arrested in May following an investigation of an April 14 incident involving the three girls, ages 14, 15 and 16. They told police they were walking home from The Rock Coalition for Kids, located on Watauga Road, when they noticed a man in a silver Jeep Cherokee drive past them very slow.
The girls told officers that the man, later identified as Watson, drove past them four times and stared at them each time he went by.
The 14-year-old girl told officers that Watson followed her all the way home. The girl’s mother told police she saw Watson drive by the house at least five times.
The woman followed Watson to a nearby store where she confronted him and threatened to call police if he drove by her house again. A short time later, he did and she called 911.
Watson’s criminal history includes convictions in 2002 and 2004 for indecent exposure and convictions for violation of the sex offender registry in 2007 and 2009. Both indecent exposure cases involved juveniles, including a victim under age 13, and occurred in Johnson City.
As his case was pending, Watson was ordered to undergo a psychosexual evaluation. The test determined he has a moderate to high risk of re-offending because he said the stalking incident was a mistake and took no blame for it.
Watson will be eligible for parole after serving 35 percent of his sentence.