MCKINNEY, Texas — Updated 7 p.m. Monday
A McKinney firefighter has been arrested for sexual abuse of a child, records show.
Chad Watson, 38, was arrested by McKinney police Sunday. Records say his victim was younger than 14 years old.
His bond is set at $250,000, records show.
Court records now show that Watson also faces a federal charge of Continuous Sex Abuse of a Child Under the age of 14. The agency that issued the first degree felony charge is the FBI.
When contacted for a statement, City of McKinney communications manager Denise Lessard said that "the city is aware of the charges and the employee has been suspended without pay.
"We are working with investigators and will provide assistance as necessary. Further, it is not appropriate to comment on the persons involved at this time.”
As of Tuesday morning, Lessard said Watson is no longer part of the fire department. Lessard sent WFAA the following statement from McKinney Fire Chief Danny Kistner: “Chad E. Watson was terminated from the McKinney Fire Department today. He will be going through his legal due process in the courts. As a Fire Department, safety and maintaining the public trust is of utmost importance and we take these matters very seriously.”
This is an ongoing story; check back for updates.