A 30-year-old teacher has been arrested on multiple charges surrounding his travel across state lines to engage in sexaul activity with a minor male, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Drew Dillon Watson is a Physics teacher at a local school serving approximately 1,000 students in grades 6-12.

Watson, of Houston, was taken into custody yesterday upon the filing of a criminal complaint. He is expected to make his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen Wm. Smith at 2:00 p.m., at which time the government intends to request his detention pending further criminal proceedings. 

The criminal complaint alleges Watson had been communicating with a 15-year-old male via text messaging, telephone calls, Skype and social media such as Kik and Snapchat beginning on or about April 16, 2016. During those conversations, Watson allegedly engaged in extremely explicit sexual conversations which eventually led to plans for Watson to travel to Illinois to meet with the boy. According to the criminal complaint, the minor male believed Watson’s intentions to be sexual in nature and that they had discussed engaging in various sex acts once they were alone.

The complaint further indicates that Watson was aware the male was under the age of 18. During those online communications, which allegedly occurred every day, Watson had stated he was approximately 30 years old and had formerly been employed as a physics teacher at a Texas area high school. The male informed Watson that he was a 16-year old high school student. As the communications progressed, Watson also allegedly sent the minor full body nude images of himself.

The criminal complaint charges that on May 13, 2016, Watson flew from Houston to Chicago with plans to meet with the boy for the purpose of engaging in illicit conduct. The victim’s mother had dropped her son off at a friend’s residence, thinking he was spending the weekend there. According to the charges, she was about to leave, when she felt something amiss and circled back around to the home. There, she witnessed her son entering a vehicle driven by an approximately 30-year-old male, according to the complaint. She confronted him, at which time her son exited the vehicle and they alerted authorities.

Watson is charged with coercion and enticement as well as transportation with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity. Both counts carry a minimum of 10 years and up to life in federal prison. He is also charged with travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct which carries another 30-year-maximum term.

The FBI Violent Crime Task Force investigated the case with assistance from FBI in Chicago and the Lansing, Illinois, Police Department.

On Wednesday, August 31, 2016, at approximately 8:30 AM, Deputies with the Montgomery 

County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit executed a search warrant at a residence 

located in the 25900 block of Avenue C, in Montgomery, Texas. 

The warrant was obtained after probable cause was established that illegal narcotics were being 

trafficked at the residence. The Special Investigations Unit originally received information that 

illegal narcotics were being trafficked to young adults and high school age students in the 

Montgomery area. Upon serving the search warrant, approximately 2.08 pounds of hydroponic 

marijuana, 4.5 grams of marijuana wax, 4.6 grams of heroin, Xanax bars, and Oxycodone pills 

were recovered. There was also a handgun and approximately $2700 in United States currency 

seized from the residence. The investigation is ongoing. 

Arrested: 

Thomas Michael Mock (date of birth 03/01/1995) 

Charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, and tampering with 

evidence. 

Madison Sanborn (date of birth 04/05/1998) 

Charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, and tampering with 

evidence.

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A jury sitting in Houston has returned guilty verdicts against a Houston woman for conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of minors and sex trafficking of minors, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. The jury convicted Jazsmine Arielle Joseph, 27 , this morning following a week-long trial and approximately six hours of deliberation.

Co-defendant Xavier Cooper, 31, previously pleaded guilty.

The jury found Joseph engaged in a conspiracy with Cooper between October 2014 through March 2015, in which they engaged in conspiracy to entice, transport and harbor a minor female to engage in commercial sex. Joseph paid for and directed the posting of prostitution ads online. Joseph also rented hotel rooms where the minor engaged in commercial sex acts.

The jury heard that the the minor engaged in numerous commercial sex acts over the course of the conspiracy culminating with her recovery during a highly publicized sting operation on March 31, 2015. At trial, Joseph claimed she was “just helping a friend” in regard to her renting the hotel room and assisting with the posting of the prostitution ads. The jury also heard about and viewed text messages between Joseph and Cooper discussing the minor victim. The texts discussed making sure the victim was ready to receive customers and when customers were on their way.

Joseph attempted to convey her innocence by testifying she was trying to help the victim and protect her from Cooper. The jury was not convinced and found her guilty on both counts.

U.S. District Judge David Hittner presided over the trial and set sentencing for Nov. 28, 2016. At that time, Joseph faces up to life in prison. Previously released on bond, she was ordered into custody following the return of the verdicts today.

The Texas Department of Public Safety investigated with the assistance of the FBI. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kimberly A. Leo and Sherri L. Zack prosecuted the case.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab “resources.”

NOTE 7
(WSJ) In a blow to its recent recovery momentum, Samsung Electronics Co. launched a voluntary global recall of its latest smartphone due to a potentially dangerous battery flaw in a few devices.

The company said it had halted sales of its Galaxy Note 7 phone after receiving reports from customers of batteries exploding during charging.

“It has been confirmed that it was a battery cell problem,” Koh Dong-jin, the head of Samsung’s handset division, said.

Samsung said it had shipped 2.5 million units of the Galaxy Note 7 since its launch on Aug. 19. Mr. Koh declined to comment on the estimated cost for the exchange program, but said that the amount is so big “it breaks my heart.”

Full report here:http://www.wsj.com/articles/samsung-to-recall-galaxy-note-7-smartphone-1472805076

The question many had Wednesday night in the Third Ward was is Sugarhill closing for good.

The answer to that question according to the owner is no. 

Dozens of people packed into the night spot on Southmore for what many thought was the last evening for the club that’s been open for the last four years. 

Rob Wright owner of Sugarhill

However, Rob Wright, one of the owners of the popular upscale lounge says the business is simply transitioning.

He says they’re undergoing renovations at the facility to add a kitchen and a different flavor if you will. 

Wright says the business will now have more of a focus on food…He said specifically Cajun and Creole cuisine.

Wright says the changes will likely take a month or so and he’s hoping to reopen in time for TSU’s homecoming which is schedule for October 22.

In the meantime, there will also be a name change for the business as well. 

So, when you return in October the hostess will likely say welcome to Live Oak.

Rob says the name comes from a nearby street in the community where the business is located.


The Factor has learned prosecutors from the Galveston County District Attorney’s office will try and get two murder indictments Thursday.

We’ve learned prosecutors will take William Reece’s case before a grand jury to get an indictments for the deaths of Laura Smither and Jessica Cain. 

The DA’s office has also planned a 3:30 press conference Thursday after they go before the.grand jury. 

Reece is being held in Oklahoma.

A Houston woman is on trial accused of pimping out a 17 year old girl.

25 year old Jazsmine Joseph is in federal court this week for conspiracy to commit sex trafficking and two counts of sex trafficking a minor. 

Federal investigation say Joseph essentially sold the teen on backpage for sex to men.

The teen was initially busted by state investigators after booking a date at a motel in Katy. 

The case was transferred from state to federal court where the 17 year old is considered a minor and victim of sex trafficking.

Jury selection began Monday and the trial is expected to wrap up this week.

Audrey Lawson

Fox 26 news has learned residents from the Hiram Clark community will be out in numbers for what would’ve been a proud moment for any family. 

Vivian Harris tells the Factor she and several people from the community will protest the groundbreaking for Audrey Lawson Middle School. 

Harris says while she has nothing against the late Mrs.Lawson she feels like old Dowling should’ve been named after the late principal Karen McAfee.

She says McAfee has played a significant role in Hiram Clark and she deserves to have a school named after her.

That protest is expected to take place this Friday during the groundbreaking of Lawson Middle School.

Crime Stoppers and the Houston Police Department’s Robbery Division need the public’s assistance identifying the suspects responsible for Robbery – Bodily Injury and Credit Card Abuse.

On Sunday, November 15, 2015, at approximately 2:00 a.m., the victim was standing outside a vehicle talking to a male and female who pulled up next to her in a sports bar parking lot located in the 3100 block of Fountain View Dr. in Houston, TX. While inside the vehicle, the male driver grabbed the victim’s purse and drove off as he dragged her and caused injuries. The victim’s purse contained her personal belongings including her credit cards. Over the next several days, the victim’s credit cards were used by several different suspects.

The robbery was not captured on video. However, surveillance cameras captured one suspect using the victim’s credit card at a gas station located in the 10400 block of Bissonnet Dr. minutes after the robbery.

Surveillance cameras also captured two suspects using the victim’s credit card at a business located in the 8600 block of Westheimer Rd. and another suspect using the victim’s credit card at a business located in the 5800 block of Fondren Rd. in Houston, TX.

Crime Stoppers will pay a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the charging and/or arrest of the suspect(s) in this case. Information may be reported by calling 713-222-TIPS (8477) or submitted online at www.crime-stoppers.org. Tips may also be sent via a text message by texting the following: TIP610 plus the information to CRIMES (274637) or via our mobile app (Crime Stoppers Houston). All tipsters remain anonymous.


It was all about a good time for Houston based tv personality and political consultant Angela Box.  

Saturday night the Conservative commentator celebrated her birthday with colleagues and friends. 

The event was held in Rice Village at Bar Bleu where Box’s guest partied the night away. 

Here are some of the photos I snapped and happy birthday Angela Box!