On June 13, 2016, state police arrested Joseph R. Watkins, 39, of Williston, South Carolina for one count each of Rape 1st, Criminal Sexual Act 1st, Incest 3rd, Forcible Touching, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
State Police Investigator Brent Bernard says the 20 month-long investigation stems from an allegation by Watkins’ then 16-year-old daughter that Watkins allegedly engaged in inappropriate sexual contact and sexual intercourse with her while at the Kanona truck stop parking lot in Bath, NY. Watkins was arrested in Delran, NJ on a warrant and was extradited to Bath, NY to be arraigned in front of Bath Town Justice Burns. Watkins was remanded to Steuben County Jail on $100,000 cash or $200,000 property bond. Watkins is scheduled to return to court on a later date.