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Press Release Thomas J. Watson Plea

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  • Cape and Islands District Attorney's Office

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Michael O'Keefe, District Attorney

Cape and Islands — District Attorney Michael O’Keefe announced today that Thomas J. Watson (DOB: 03/01/1981) plead guilty to two counts of Indecent Assault & Battery on a Person fourteen years of age or older, two counts of Aggravated Assault & Battery causing Serious Bodily Injury, one count Strangulation or Suffocation, four counts of Assault & Battery on a Family or Household Member, and one count of Intimidation of a Witness.

Judge Robert C. Rufo sentenced Watson to 6-8 years committed at MCI-Cedar Junction on the Intimidation of a Witness charge. Watson was sentenced to 13 years of probation on the Indecent Assault & Battery and Strangulation charges, and will be required to register as a sex offender. On the remaining charges, Watson was sentenced to concurrent time.

The charges stem from a domestic violence assault that occurred between August 20 and August 22, 2016, in the town of Dennis. Over these two days, Watson beat his girlfriend repeatedly with closed fists and sexually assaulted her. The beatings resulted in serious injuries, including a broken nose and ruptured eardrum. Watson insisted that his girlfriend report that someone else was responsible for the injuries while she was getting treated at Cape Cod Hospital. The matter was brought to the attention of law enforcement on August 22nd by a concerned employee of a Falmouth business, when the defendant entered the business with the visibly injured victim.

The case was investigated by the Dennis Police Department, and the Falmouth Police Department.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Michael A. Patterson.


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Cape and Islands District Attorney's Office 

The District Attorney for the Cape & Islands District represents the Commonwealth in the prosecution of all criminal offenses that occur within the Jurisdiction.  The District Attorney for the Cape & Islands District also has civil jurisdiction in narrowly defined areas, most notably the forfeiture of drug proceeds under General Laws, Chapter 94C.  Cases are prosecuted at all levels of the state judicial system including the Supreme Judicial Court, the Appeals Court, and the Trial Court Departments of the Superior, District, and Juvenile courts.