Grand jury indicts man accused of forcing girl into sex act

WOODSTOCK – Authorities have accused a town man of forcing a child to commit a sex act on him at a party in April.

A grand jury indicted Brandon Christopher Watson-Kaufman in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Wednesday on one count each of committing forcible sodomy and taking indecent liberties with a child under the age of 15. The grand jury also indicted Watson-Kaufman, 33, of 161 Lora Drive, Woodstock, on one count of escaping to avoid arrest.

The alleged victim reported to Woodstock police Sgt. W. Mauck on April 9 that the defendant sexually assaulted her at a party at 163 Lora Drive in town on April 8. During a forensic interview, the juvenile said that Watson-Kaufman grabbed the back of her head and forced her to commit sodomy against her will while using force.

“The accused entered the bedroom (the juvenile) was in, lying on the bed, locking the door and placing a sofa in front of the door,” according to a criminal complaint filed by Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Scotty Thompson. “There were witnesses placing the accused in the bedroom with (the juvenile) and stated (she) was visibly upset (when) she came out from the bedroom.”

Authorities obtained a warrant for Watson-Kaufman’s arrest on the alleged sex offenses.

However, Watson-Kaufman tried to flee when officers attempted to execute the arrest warrant on April 11, according to town police. Capt. Chris Baker said April 12 that officers went to Watson-Kaufman’s home to execute the warrant. When officers arrived, Watson-Kaufman fled to a bedroom where he grabbed a knife and began to cut himself, according to Baker. Officers used a stun device on Watson-Kaufman and then secured the suspect before taking away the knife, Baker said. Watson-Kaufman later received medical treatment at a local hospital for the knife wounds.

A checklist used by the magistrate to determine bail for the defendant states that Watson-Kaufman told the official that he resigned from his job at Mercury Paper the day of his arrest but then later admitted he was terminated.

Watson-Kaufman remains held without bond at Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail.