Collin County

McKinney Firefighter Arrested, Accused of Child Sex Abuse

Police arrested Chad Watson Sunday

A McKinney firefighter accused of child sex abuse was arrested Sunday, police records show.

Chad Watson, 38, was charged with continuous sex abuse of a child under 14-years-old, according to Collin County Jail records.

A probable cause affidavit obtained by NBC 5 said Watson was accused of groping and touching the genitalia of a minor on three different occasions.

Fire Chief Danny Kistner said that Watson, who had previously been suspended, was terminated Tuesday.

"He will be going through his legal due process in the courts. As a Fire Department, safety and maintaining the public trust is of utmost importance and we take these matters very seriously," Kistner said.

The city of McKinney said Monday they were aware of the charges and are working with investigators on the case.

Watson previously worked for the North Richland Hills Fire Department and Mexia Fire Department, records show.

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