Crime

Sudden Valley caregiver suspended after molestation charges

A Sudden Valley man’s temporary license to practice as a caregiver was suspended this week in light of charges that he molested a girl younger than 8.

Daniel Carl Watson, 38, of Marigold Drive, applied for a license to work as a home care aide in January. He’d started to work under a temporary license, though a spokeswoman with the Department of Social and Health Services declined to say where.

In early February a girl reported to her mother she’d had sexual contact with Watson within the past few weeks, according to charging papers filed in Whatcom County Superior Court. She described sexually touching Watson more than once.

Sheriff’s deputies investigated the case. Watson has been charged with four felony sex crimes, including two counts of child molestation in the first degree. He pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in February. His next court date is in late April.

Pending charges disqualify him from “having unsupervised access to vulnerable adults or minors who receive services under many DSHS services,” according to disciplinary paperwork. Generally this kind of license doesn’t specify whether an aide intends to work with minors, the elderly, or another group with special needs.

Watson has 20 days to request a hearing with the state health department, if he chooses to dispute the suspension.

Caleb Hutton: 360-715-2276, @bhamcaleb

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