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Posted: Monday, August 5, 2013 10:00 pm

A former Keswick Boy Scout troop leader accused of sodomizing a child is facing an additional 69 counts of sex crimes with a child after an Albemarle County grand jury decision Monday.

David Brian Watkins, 50, was charged with 48 felony counts of carnal knowledge of a child between the age of 13 and 15; 12 felony counts of engaging in cunnilingus, fellatio or anal sex with a child younger than 13; five felony counts of sexual abuse of a child younger than 13; and four felony counts of sexually abusing a child younger than 18 who he was in a custodial relationship.

In all of the charges, the child has the same initials.

In June, Watkins waived his right to a trial by jury and pleaded not guilty to three felony counts of forcible sodomy with a child younger than 14.

Police arrested Watkins in November after a former member of his troop, who is now an adult, contacted police and said he had been sexually abused by Watkins as a minor, authorities said.

Watkins led Keswick Troop 1028 until 2008, but remained active in the Boy Scouts of America until last summer, when the organization severed ties with him in response to the allegations of inappropriate activity outside of scouting.

Police set up a dedicated hotline for Watkins’ alleged victims after his arrest. In June, he faced life in prison for each of the three felony charges.

Watkins’ trial is set for December.

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