BY JENNIFER CABRERA
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Fred Lee Watson, Jr., 45, was arrested yesterday evening and charged with felony child abuse and disruption of a religious assembly after allegedly trying to drag a girl out of a church service.
At about 5:45 p.m. yesterday, Watson reportedly knocked on the window and opened the door during a church service at We’re for Jesus Christian Center, 2006 E. University Avenue, in an attempt to get the attention of the girl and another person.
Watson then allegedly grabbed the girl by the arm, and she pulled away from him, saying she didn’t want to talk to him. He allegedly continued to try to take her out of the church.
Two witnesses reportedly told a Gainesville Police Department officer that Watson forcibly tried to take the girl outside.
Watson has several misdemeanor convictions for driving without a valid license, battery, and domestic battery. He is being held on $10,000 bail.
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