29-year-old Naples man accused of videotaping sex with teen

Craig D. Watkins

Craig D. Watkins

A Naples man was arrested Thursday after a video surfaced of him having sex with a 17-year-old girl.

Craig D. Watkins, 29, of the 500 block of 14th Street North, faces charges of sexual assault of a minor and promoting the sexual performance of a child, both second-degree felonies punishable by up to 15 years in prison. Watkins is accused of filming what appeared a consensual sexual encounter with the teen for 15 minutes, Naples police said.

The victim's mother reported finding the sex video on her daughter's laptop, an arrest report said. In the video, the teen acknowledged the presence of the camera and never appeared to be forced against her will during sexual intercourse, police said.

Reached at his home by detectives, Watkins initially denied a physical relationship with the teen. When confronted with video evidence, he told officers he had plans to marry her, an arrest report said.As of Friday, Watkins remained at the Naples Jail Center in lieu of bonds totaling $100,000.

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