Rattan High School softball coach arrested for sexual battery of player

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RATTAN, Okla. (KXII) – A state championship-winning softball coach has been arrested in Pushmataha County accused of sexual battery of one of his players.

Jeffrey Paul Watts, 46, of Spencerville, stands accused of inappropriately touching a Rattan High School softball player earlier this year.

According to an affidavit, in early February Watts told the 15-year-old victim to stay alone in the team’s weight room, backed her up against a wall, grabbed her by the ponytail and asked where her tattoos were located.

When the girl pulled down the top of her shirt to show Watts, he allegedly looked down her shirt and then used both hands to brush down the front of her chest.

The girl pushed Watts away when she believed he was trying to kiss her.

During the investigation, deputies say another girl came forward, saying Watts inappropriately touched her on the softball field in 2012 when she was 16, telling her she "needed to run some of that off" while grabbing and slapping her buttocks.

Other girls also told deputies they changed clothes on the bus coming back from softball games, while Watts was the only adult on board.

Watts, who has won multiple state championships at Rattan, declined to speak with investigators but said through his attorney he denies ever inappropriately touching any student.

He faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.