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Watson Resignation Details Revealed

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Daniel Watson

We now know more about the resignation agreement between Daniel Watson and the Macomb School District.

The Board of Education during its February meeting approved the agreement. It breaks down as follows:

*$32,279.72 as compensation while he was still employed by the district during the current school year;

*$11,562.09 as front pay (minus deductions);

*A lump sum of $1,500.00 as compromise of claims.

That adds up to a total of $45,341.81. The figures were provided to Tri States Public Radio after it requested the information in e-mails to Superintendent Alene Reuschel.

Watson was a teacher at Macomb High School, where he also served as head coach for the boy's basketball team. He was arrested August 12, 2011 and charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Illinois State Police report the investigation of Watson began July 20, 2011.

Watson was placed on administrative leave a few days after being arrested. His final day as a school district employee was December 19, 2011, as per the resignation agreement.

Court documents filed by McDonough County States Attorney James Hoyle indicate there was evidence for "approximately 6,000 communications" between Watson and the victim, who is a girl.

The documents state there are at least three recordings between Watson and the girl. One of them is described as an "incriminating conversation."


Rich is TSPR's News Director.