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Huntsville registered sex offender arrested on Decatur rape, child sex charges after standoff

Police had been outside the home since about 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Posted: Jul 22, 2021 10:03 AM
Updated: Jul 22, 2021 2:16 PM

A man who kept Huntsville Police in a standoff for more than 12 hours is now behind bars.

Korte Pierre Watkins, a 29-year-old registered sex offender from Huntsville, surrendered to officers at a home on Thorntons Way Circle about 8:45 a.m. Thursday, police said.

Korte Pierre Watkins

Police had been outside the home since about 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Huntsville Police said Watkins was wanted by Decatur Police for seven felony charges for rape, sodomy, electronic solicitation, traveling to meet a child for sex act and three counts of obscene matter contact.

The Decatur Police Department said it received a report on May 18 that a man was communicating with a child online and made arrangements to meet in person.

Decatur police investigators said Watkins came to Decatur and engaged in an unlawful sex act with the child.

Police said Watkins was found to have multiple visual depictions of a separate child victim engaged in nudity.

Huntsville police said officers attempted to serve the Decatur arrest warrants on Watkins, but he locked himself inside his family member’s home and refused to make contact with officers.

Officers monitored the home overnight. The family returned to their home late Wednesday evening and were able to get Watkins to surrender peacefully.

Williams was transported to Decatur and booked into the Morgan County Jail with a bond of $695,000.

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