Crime & Courts

Sedgwick Co. offender arrested in KCK rape

A man with sexual offense convictions in Sedgwick County is accused of posing as a policeman and raping a woman in Kansas City, Kan.

Prosecutors say the man approached a woman in a Walmart parking lot on Monday afternoon and told her she was under arrest for shoplifting. The woman got into his car and he drove her to a nearby parking lot at Best Buy. He later released her.

On Wednesday, the Wyandotte County District Attorney's Office charged Wesley Earl Watson, 55, with rape, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated intimidation of a victim, impersonation of a law enforcement officer and aggravated sexual battery.

Watson was convicted in Sedgwick County in 1977 of attempted rape and in 1984 of rape and aggravated sodomy. He was paroled in January 2009 but was the subject of a civil commitment proceeding as a sexually violent predator.

A Wichita jury was deadlocked on the commitment, and Watson was released again in January this year under the supervision of the Sex Offender GPS Unit of the Kansas Department of Corrections.

On Tuesday, Kansas City, Kan., police and Kansas parole officers used the GPS device that Watson wore to track and arrest him. Watson is in custody in Wyandotte County on $250,000 bond.

The district attorney's office said Walmart and Best Buy, both of which have video surveillance cameras in their parking lots, assisted in the investigation.

Kansas City, Kan., police said they were not aware of any similar attacks recently.