FIRST ON 3: Leland dance studio owner charged with child sex crimes


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Submitted: Mon, 08/20/2012 - 1:29pm
Updated: Mon, 08/20/2012 - 6:08pm By:

LELAND, NC (WWAY) — The owner of a Leland dance studio is behind bars charged with first degree sexual offense of a child.

Leland Police arrested Jamie Watson, 36, Friday night. He and his wife own Revolutionz Dance Studio and Entertainment on Village Road.

Watson is in the Brunswick County Jail under a $220,000 secured bond. His first court appearance is this morning.

63 Comments

  • Guest13589 says:

    I’m appalled at how everyone jumps to the conclusion that this child is lying. No wonder so many sexual offenses go unreported each year- because of people like you all. This innocent child has most likely suffered some typed of horrible abuse at the hands of this man and all of you are rambling about this family’s prominence in the community. I know this family and took dance from them and while I was never assaulted, this man and his father were inappropriately affectionate with the students so I do not doubt this child’s claim. You all should remember he is the one who will be on trial… not the child.

  • Guest2020 says:

    How many times have we heard about the wonderful families of the criminals being arrested in this area? How many of those arrested were fine people who could not possibly be guilty?

    Those priests who molested those boys were “respectable”. I am sure that there are people who considered Jerry Sandusky “respectable”. There are still people who claim that Joe Paterno is “respectable”. Being considered “respectable” or from a good family doesn’t preclude one from the capability of being a child molester.

    There are others who have posted who have said that this man was inappropriately affectionate towards the students. This charge goes way beyond that. First degree sexual offense of a child means that is accused of raping the child, not just touching inappropriately.

    Although, this man is innocent until proven guilty, I think that the parent who would “ABSOLUTELY” let their child take lessons from him, would be irresponsible to do so. If there is any question of impropriety of this type, then you should not allow your child to be around this man unless he is found not guilty.

    If he is guilty then he deserves the death penalty. Pedophiles cannot be cured. They do not need to be in society. If someone rapes a child then they do not deserve to live.

  • Guest61246 says:

    If he seemed over affectionate, as you say, why did you keep going back?

  • Ethel Simmons says:

    I had actually seen the studio when I dropped my 16 yr. old grandson off there for a Sat. night dance and was thinking then how nice it was for the teenagers of Leland to have somewhere to go and have fun and actually met the couple and discussed enrolling my 3 yr. old granddaughter for hip hop lessons but just never got around to doing it and now whether the accusations are true or not(and I imagine they are)as I just don’t see ANY child accusing someone of a crime like that, it took a lot of courage for the girl/boy to come forward I thank God that I never enrolled her..my grandson only went the one time and never went back, said it wasn’t much fun…I believe in innocent until proven guilty but if either of them said he did something inappropriate with them then there would be NO DOUBT in my mind that they were telling the truth, I had a daughter molested at age 9 by someone who had children her age and I NEVER for one minute dreamed he would do that to a child but I NEVER doubted my daughter (telling me was very traumatic for her because for some reason she thought she did something wrong but was telling the truth and I called the police and got her professional help to deal with it,this sort of thing scars kids for life and the saddest part is the pervert got 6 months suspended provided he got psychiatric help and his idiot wife allowed him back in the home when he had been molesting their own children..some Mom huh I always keep those two children in my prayers and pray they are not emotionally damaged too much from what their monster father did to them…sorry this was such a long post but I feel this is a subject that needs to be addressed at length…parents PLEASE I beg of you make it a point to notice any changes in your child emotionally and let them know that they can tell you ANYTHING like this and you will believe them and back them up 100 per cent..

  • Ethel Simmons says:

    I’m so glad you think you have the right to call this a poorly uneducated county, just what county are you from that you think you’re so much smarter than people that live in Brunswick County..I’m not from Leland, in fact not even from this State but I think you owe the people of Brunswick an apology for thinking you’re so much better than them..let me guess you are probably a highly educated New Yorker lol..your comment was uncalled for..

  • Guest12345 says:

    First degree sexual offense with a child is defined as any sex act outside of intercourse as we would define that with someone under the age of 13. Intercourse would denote charges of first degree rape, of a minor. The term sexual act is the difference. Just wanted to clarify for anyone reading.
    If he is guilty and had this coming, I hope everyone that can be a character witness for the prosecution will come forward and make sure he is put away for a long time.
    If they need help building a case, I’m sure your story would help them drastically.
    If he is innocent, I feel bad for his poor family.

  • jkdhsjkhfjsh says:

    i have some things to say… you can take it how ever you want… first of all i am seeing all these people “parents” saying that they know that this has been going on… why did you still let your kids take… i think that if he is guilty he deserves everything that is thrown at him… if you know of any other people that has been affected by this man then you need to stand up… i have a little girl and if she was one of the ones i would MOST DEFF stand up and say something…

  • I care says:

    Love Fox news and the truths exposed. Many people commenting on this seem to be telling their paralleled stories of inappropriate behavior from Mr. Jimmy Watson. Those individuals know the actual truth as they have to live with it everyday of their lives.

  • Guest909 says:

    That’s great that this is America, and everyone is innocent until proven guilty, but unless you know him personally, he’s had this coming for a long time, he’s just been slick about it. I hope he can’t weasel his way out of it this time. If you don’t think he’s guilty, drop your teenage daughter off with him for a little while and let him babysit. What’s the worst that could happen, right?

  • Another Dancer says:

    I’ve known this guy for years. His behavior has always been a little over the top with the opposite sex.

    Read some of the other comments in this thread… they speak of similar experiences.

    This has probably been going on for 20 years or more.

    I’m honestly surprised it took this long for charges to be filed.

  • Guesta says:

    To all the people they claim this has been going on for years, why did you keep dancing with him, and why haven’t you step forward. Seems to me that there is alot of bandwagon jumping going on.

  • Guest98765 says:

    Have you read these comments? Judgemental people are why none of the many victims came forward. Its hard enough being a teenager but also having every aspect of your life examined, being accused of lying, and having to stay strong is a lot to ask. I admit he messed with me as a young teenager, even now as an adult tho I don’t want to admit that happened to me and have judgement passed on me. I am proud of this girl for stepping forward and hope she will be fully supported.

  • Guest 101 says:

    I do not take at his studio but I have seen him and his students dance at various venues and competitions. As an outsider I thought some of his dances were inappropriate and he was suggestive towards some of his female dancers. I recently saw them at a competition in June and was appalled at some of the dances that were performed. The child that came forward that took a lot of courage and you did the right thing.

  • dsrewr says:

    That is a really stupid question. I took dance from them as well for 5 years and saw the same things. I was 9 years old when I started. I wasn’t thinking about a man looking at me in that way. It was mostly the teenage class that I noticed anything odd in. And as far as you asking why she kept going back, maybe her parents didn’t notice anything weird and saw no problem if it wasn’t directly affecting their child. If he wasn’t doing anything appropriate with her, why would she feel scared or threatened by him enough to quit? All I know is what I saw as a child, and then years later a friend of mine (who also danced under him) dated him and there was a HUGE age difference that was questionable to everyone who knew about it. I don’t put anything past someone who is in such a position of authority.

  • Guest2412 says:

    Thankfully we live in a free society in the United States. We live in a Country protected by many rights. A person accused of any crime has the right to a trial. I am impressed that so many citizens of a poorly educated county have been able to supersede our current founding ideal of innocent until proven guilty. They have made libelous claims without any actual proof. Honestly these website comments sound like Fox News.

  • Guest217 says:

    Is this guy still in jail or is he out on bond? Is his studio still opem for business? If so, who’s teaching classes?

  • I CARE says:

    HELP FOR TOMORROW..We should all be proud of the girl stepping forward. Also, others that have been abused should step up to her support instead of hiding in the background. If you care about the future of another child, you should contact the police and get involved. After reading the many comments, it seems this has been going on for so many years, some of these young ladies are probably mothers today and karma could catch up with their child for closing their hearts to do justice in reporting the problem. Just think, this could be YOUR child next. Wouldn’t you have been Blessed should someone have come forward before years had passed. Be a blessing today for tomorrow and come forward so justice can prevail!

  • chelsey says:

    i danced with mr. jamie for a while 6 years i believe, and he always made i guess you could say sexual comments, and there was several times i felt uncomfortable around him, and this new absolutely sickness me, the fact i was around this man and somewhat trusted him, but no it doesnt surprise me!

  • Guest2658 says:

    Anybody who loves fox news pretty much devalues their opinion in intelligent society

  • Guest11212121 says:

    Who cares if he won some Dancing with the Stars title in Brunswick County or not. Some of you want his title stripped. He is accused of molesting a child! That is where your concern should be. What the hell is wrong with some of you people?? HE IS ACCUSSED OF SEXUALLY ASSAULTING A CHILD, NOT WINNING A CONTEST BY FRAUD OR BRIBING A JUDGE.

  • Anonymous for a reason says:

    This should not be a surprise to a very large number of people. there are many of his victims still in the area. I for one am very proud of this girl (and I now hear there is also a second girl) who have found the courage to stand up against him. Many of us have kept silent for far to long. Lets support these girls for helping save future children from his wandering hands.

  • Fred Astaire says:

    Parents should research these facilities extensively. These dance studios are popping up all over wilmington with hacks that call themselves teachers but have absolutley no credentials to back them up.I read one website and i really dont believe the owner made it past the 1st grade.

  • Guest926 says:

    Ok, obviously the people commenting dont know this man at all. For those of us that do are not surprised by this by any means! I dont know to what extent that it went sexually with the child or children, but for those of us that know him and have for 15 year plus and that were students on his dance team, know that this has gone on for a very long time, and can probably name a few girls he tried going after. I am just so thankful that someone has come forward and was not afraid to say anything. I am praying for the children and their families and I pray that this will give other girls courage to step forward! Time for him to suffer the consequences for his horrific actions!

  • Guest23763 says:

    I believe every bit of it. I use to dance with him and this is the type of person he was. He has been doing this for years and so many girls were hurt. My parents jerked me out off of that dance team so fast it wasn’t even funny. I am waiting for more people to come out of the woods. Mr. Jimmy can’t cover this one up!!!

  • Guest right on says:

    SO true, I for one am proud of this girl for speaking up. It is hard for a teenager to find the courage to speak up. I hope she will keep her head high and find comfort in knowing that she may have helped other girls who may not have had the strength that she did. As a victim of sexual assault myself, I kept quiet. Leave this child alone and let her heal. OTHER GIRLS ARE WATCHING HOW WE REACT TO THIS- wondering if they should keep their mouth shut or not.

  • Guest1978 says:

    That is actually inaccurate. Just because you are arrested does not make you guilty. A person CAN be arrested for an ALLEDGED claim.
    Happens all the time. It is not a sign of a weak system, but a safe measure.

  • Guest 8000 says:

    So…using your logic Guest1022, we have no need for judges, juries or even courtrooms because anyone who gets arrested should just be assumed guilty. no offense but that really is’nt using any logic at all.

  • Guest666 says:

    I am guessing you are his dumb wife or that creepy pervert.
    You should be ashamed of yourself..

  • Grand Ole Party says:

    Do you people not recognize sarcasm at all?

  • Guest 2512 says:

    READ THE UPDATED ARTICLE ON THIS NEWS WEBSITE… IT CLEARLY STATES THAT THEY DO NOT HAVE ENOUGH STAFF TO CHECK THINGS OUT BEFORE THEY MAKE ARREST… SO SAD WHEN WE PAY SUCH HIGH TAXES AND YOU CAN RUIN A PERSON LIFE ON FALSE PRETENSE. IT SAYS THEY ARREST AND THEN SEE IF THERE IS ENOUGH EVIDENCE TO BUILD A CASE!!!! I REALLY DO NOT THINK THIS WILL GO ANYWHERE…. JUST WAIT AND SEE!!!

  • Guest 8000 says:

    Sorry if i failed to realize that crimes against children were something to be sarcastic about. I personally take these issues very serious, but i guess everybody’s different.

  • Guest123 says:

    YOU ARE JUST AN IDIOT FOR MAKING THAT STATEMENT!!!! POLICE DO ARREST INNOCENT PEOPLE…. YOU ARE CRAZY!!!!

  • Hope he is innocent, nice guy says:

    Innocent people are arrested all the time, I hope you were being sarcastic.

  • Guest2020 says:

    I realize that you are being sarcastic. I don’t know why others cannot.

  • ILM NATIVE says:

    do not arrest innocent people??? What rock have you been living under…you are beyond stupid.

  • Guestm677 says:

    How do you even know who the child is if the name hasen’t been released.
    Even if he/she is given total freedom and has (according to you) a questionable past, why should she not report it ?

  • Guest 451 says:

    That is so true. If it was so bad over there why did all u parents keep your kids in there.. was it more important for u to have your kids in the best dance group ever so u knowingly subjected your child to this..give me a break..let step up and take some responsibility PARENTS….

  • beacon-of-leland says:

    The young lady making these statements has a moraly questionable past and is allowed total “freedom” by her caretakers. I for one do not believe this story, knowing the source. I’d urge all to reserve judgement.

  • Guest2020 says:

    North Carolina General Statutes ยง 14-27.4 defines first degree sexual offense as:

    (a) A person is guilty of a sexual offense in the first degree if the person engages in a sexual act:

    (1) With a victim who is a child under the age of 13 years and the defendant is at least 12 years old and is at least four years older than the victim; or

    (2) With another person by force and against the will of the other person, and:

    a. Employs or displays a dangerous or deadly weapon or an article which the other person reasonably believes to be a dangerous or deadly weapon; or

    b. Inflicts serious personal injury upon the victim or another person; or

    c. The person commits the offense aided and abetted by one or more other persons.

    (b) Any person who commits an offense defined in this section is guilty of a Class B1 felony.

  • Guest2020 says:

    Just to clarify further, first degree sex offense is rape.

  • Guest2020isalmostright says:

    Need to see that sexual act is defined as anything greater than touching but less than intercourse. (things oral in nature, for example). If the charge was rape, it would be First degree rape of a minor, not sexual offense/sexual act.

  • dancer12345 says:

    I would like more information as well. I have had children take dance from him. And, while being a good dancer, I found his behavior to be a bit over the top with some, but not all, of the girls.

  • hjuk says:

    Yes he did win Dancing with the Stars….. UNFORTUNATELY

  • 0820 says:

    He and his partner did win the Brunswick Dancing with the stars

  • GuestVader says:

    He has not been convicted of anything, yet. Children lie a lot when they don’t get their way. Let’s wait and see how it turns out.

  • Guest33 says:

    Does anyone know what was actually done? Was it inappropriate touching, hugging, ext????

  • Concerned Friend says:

    He has not been convicted of anything, yet…true. I just hope the others who have been hurt by this jerk over the last 20 years are brave enough to come forward and have him convicted.

  • beacon-of-leland says:

    I know this because I have children who have danced with Jamie Watson for years. I know him well.

    If ANY child is put into a compromising situation by an adult, YES they should report it as quickly as they can. However….knowing the source of the story being told here, I can do nothing but question it. The child in question has already gone above and beyond the call of showing anyone and everyone that she is untrustworthy.

    I ask nothing but to reserve judgement until the truth comes out. This poor guy has already been convected in the court of public opinion.

  • Guest4000 says:

    Tis true. People that are quick to judge should be ignored or made fun of. But take it from me, he has somethings to answer for.

  • Guest2020 says:

    Were you present the entire time that your children were in the class, or did you drop them off?

  • you wait says:

    I hear you talking. But when the evidence comes out, you will be changing your mind on this. He left a LOT of evidence out there…

  • Guest10125 says:

    Its a shame how people are so quick to judge. Jamie and his family are good people. They have taught dance in the Leland area for many years. My children both took dance with him and he was never out of the way with either of them.

  • DaleL says:

    No and he apparently lost revolutions rendezvous as well…

  • Bc1023 says:

    Ummmm. Didn’t he win Dancing WithThe Stars in the fundraiser for Brunswick Comm college?? What a winner!!!

  • Guest99999999 says:

    um yes he did win the Dancing with the Brunswick Stars. He was the overall winner. I just saw his commercial for his dance studio on tv. That should be taken off and his winning should be revoked.

    Disgusting !

  • Disgusted by this 123 says:

    He has a smirk on his mugshot. Really? Awful just awful that he was an owner of a dance studio with access to all children.

    He did win dancing with the brunswick stars. His win should be revoked !

  • Guest1022 says:

    Since he has been arrestd we know he is guilty because the police do not arrest innocent people. He should be sent on to Central Prison. Really no need for a trial because he was arrested.

  • Guest1978 says:

    Honestly I think until the media releases more information that we shouldn’t assume the worse in the situation. I am in no way stating that he IS innocent, however it is possible for people to make things up. He has been very successful in his business and his family is a well respected family in the area. I think they deserve the respect during this time.

    If he is guilty, then shame on him. He will have single handedly ruined a family business that was passed down from his father as well as ruined his family.

    I for one hope it’s a big misunderstanding of sorts…

  • Guest 2512 says:

    I totaly agree with the first comment listed, Sometimes kids do tell things that are not true when they are not happy with what they want. Please people, this is a wonderful family that needs and deserves your respect unless proven guilty! I am sure this is just a misunderstanding, let’s wait and see!

  • OtherGuest says:

    Why can you not say he is innocent?

    In the United State of America, one is presumed innocent until proven guilty, right?

    Is this the United State of America?

  • Guest15 says:

    Lets hope this is not true, childs can be mean and tell lies because they didnt get there way or what they wanted but if its true he deserves everything that he gets. And if he did this shame on you because you just ruined someones life.

  • Anonymous says:

    This has been a long time coming. Unfortunately this is by FAR not the first young girl this has happened to. I truly hope people will be supportive of her during this difficult time. She has found the courage to do something many of us wouldn’t.

  • Guest1978 says:

    I can not say that he is innocent because I am not him nor am I God. I hope with every being in me that he is innocent. Would I trust him to teach my daughter dance? ABSOLUTLEY! In fact I already have!

    And yes in the US you are innocent until proven guilty, something MANY of the other posters need to take into consideration instead of assuming and calling names to a person that chances are they never knew!

    Just Sayin’

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