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North Philly football coach charged with sexually assaulting two boys

A North Philadelphia football coach has been charged with sexually assaulting two young boys, authorities said.

North Philly football coach charged with sexually assaulting two boys

A North Philadelphia football coach has been charged with sexually assaulting two young boys, authorities said.

Leon Watson, 24, of Diamond Street near 24th, is accused of developing a relationship with two brothers, ages 8 and 9, which led to him sexually assaulting both boys and the boys moving into his home in October, the District Attorney's Office said. Watson was arrested Sunday after police received an anonymous tip, which led them to his home.

Prosecutors said Watson was part-time coach of the Rhawnhurt Raiders football team from August until October, and had started his own team called the Little Vicks comprised of young boys from his neighborhood. Prosecutors said they believe there may be more victims and are urging parents whose children were involved with either team to talk with their children.

It is not immediately clear how Watson met the alleged victims, or whether he coached either of the boys.

Watson faces a slew of charges, including rape, involuntary deviant sexual intercourse, and false imprisonment. He is being held on $500,000 bail. His next scheduled court appearance is Nov. 25.

The investigation is ongoing.

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