Temple: Teenage rape victim recalls attacker’s ‘distinctive piercing’

Matthew Watson, 26, remained in the Bell County Jail Monday charged with aggravated sexual assault. (Jail photo)
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TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) A girl who reported she was raped in March 2018 by a visitor to her family’s home when she was 15 told police that although her attacker got her drunk, she remembered a “distinctive piercing,” an arrest affidavit says.

That recollection helped lead to the arrest of Matthew Watson, 26, who remained in the Bell County Jail Monday charged with aggravated sexual assault.

He’s held in lieu of $150,000 bond.

According to an arrest affidavit, Watson was at the victim’s home in Temple in March 2018.

The victim told police that he “offered alcohol to her and her sister while their dad was out of the house and they accepted. After drinking the alcohol suspect took her to his room where she did not remember very much of what happened but does remember her sexual organ being penetrated by the suspect’s sexual organ,” the affidavit says.

“She also remembered that suspect had a distinctive piercing that caused her pain,” the affidavit said.

The next day Watson “provided her a pregnancy prophylactic pill after asking her if she used birth control,” the affidavit says.

The victim did not make an outcry until July 2019, the document says.

Watson was interviewed by Army investigators “and does have the distinctive piercing described by the victim,” the affidavit says.

Watson is a staff sergeant who's assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division's 2nd Brigade Combat Team at Fort Hood.