Feds: Houston teacher flew to Chicago for sex with teen boy

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HOUSTON — A local physics teacher is in custody Friday after investigators said he traveled to Illinois to have sex with a 15-year-old boy, according to an announcement from the Texas Justice Department.

The department said Drew Dillon Watson, 30, had been communicating with the the teen through text messages, phone calls and various social media apps such as Skype, Kik and Snapchat. Investigators said the conversations, in which Watson is accused of engaging in extremely explicit language, started April 16.

In one message, officers said Watson expressed his plans to travel to Illinois to meet with the boy.  The teen told authorities Watson had discuss engaging in various sex acts with him once the two were alone. The teen told investigators Watson knew he was underage.

The 15-year-old said he would speak with Watson online everyday. At one point, the teen said Watson sent him full body nude pictures.

According to the teen, Watson few from Houston to Chicago May 13 with plans to meet the boy for the purpose of engaging in illicit conduct. Investigators said the boys mother dropped her son off at a friend’s house, thinking he was was spending the weekend there. The mother was about to leave when she felt something was wrong and circled back around to the house, according to police records. When she returned, officers said she saw her son getting into a vehicle allegedly driven by Watson.

The mother confronted Watson and her son, at which time her son got out of the car and she called authorities.

Watson was taken into custody Thursday and is charged with coercion and enticement as well as transportation with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity. He is also charged with travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct.

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