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1/20/2014 12:47:00 PM
Former Perkins man charged with harassing phone calls

A former Perkins man --already on probation for making harassing phone calls --has been charged with leaving harassing voice mail messages to his ex-wife in which he allegedly threatened her and her husband.

An arrest warrant was issued on New Year's Eve for Lloyd Mitchell Watts, 37, of rural McCloud, but he has not yet been arrested, a sheriff's spokesman told the Journal Monday afternoon.

If convicted of two felony counts of harassment by electronic communication on Dec. 23 and Dec. 24 as a felony, Watts could be given a 10-year prison term.

Watts was also charged last summer with harassing the same woman in a voicemail "stating that he would harm the victim if she failed to answer the phone," court records show. A bench warrant was issued for his arrest when he failed to appear in court in November on that charge.

In his latest case, a woman reported that Watts, her ex-boyfriend, called her cell phone 40 times on Christmas Eve --and left 14 voice mails between 7 p. m. and 8:15 p. m., Perkins Police Offi-cer Jason Galt wrote in an affidavit.

Some of the messages threatened bodily harm against the woman and her husband, the affidavit alleged.

Watts, who has a daughter with the woman, left one message on Christmas Eve, "If that little girl stays away from me any

f...... more, you are going

to f...... die," the affidavit alleged.

When the Perkins offi-

cer talked to Watts the day after Christmas, Watts said that his threats were only directed at his ex-girlfriend's husband, not her, the affidavit alleged.

Watts was also charged with calling his ex-girlfriend's phone 14 times on Dec. 23 --including leaving nine voicemails in which Watts allegedly threatened to beat up her husband, according to an affidavit by Perkins Police Investigator Charles Danker.

Last May, Watts was placed on probation for one year, with three days in jail and an order to be evaluated for mental health, as well as alcohol and drug abuse, and to perform any recommended follow-up for making harassing phone calls in June 2012 and March 2012, court records show.

In April 2010, Watts was also placed on probation for one year with an order to have a drug and alcohol evaluation, along with an anger resolution class, for breaking and entering a woman's apartment in 2009, court records show.

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