Former wrestling coach from Dunstable given suspended jail term for indecent assaults

James Dougan Watson
James Dougan Watson

A former wrestling coach from Dunstable who sexually abused boys in the 1980s and ’90s has been given a suspended sentence over further indecency charges.

Ex-national trainer James Dougan Watson has served a number of prison terms and suspended jail sentences for molesting boys while running a wrestling club in Lowton, Greater Manchester.

Watson, whose home is now in Dunstable, pleaded guilty to three charges of indecent assaults on boys in North West England.

The current offences are alleged to have taken place between January 1989 and the start of March that year.

His case was adjourned and he was remanded on bail until October 12 when he made a brief appearance before Judge Richard Gioserano at Bolton Crown Court.

Watson, now aged 66, was last in the dock at Bolton in July 2017, after he had pleaded guilty to six specimen charges of indecent assault on a wrestling hopeful, when the victim was aged 15 or 16, more than 20 years ago, and he was jailed for 16 months.

The teenager left his club after Watson abused him while on a competition tour of the United States.

Watson has previously been given a seven-year jail sentence, in 1998, for abusing three boys and raping one of them.

He was given a suspended prison term for indecent assaults on boys aged nine to 14, from the early ’90s, in 2010.

And in 2015 he was jailed for four years after he was found to have engaged in similar behaviour while running wrestling classes in Surrey in the early ’80s.