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OH- Haylee found; mom & Potter busted

6-24-2009 Ohio:

Haylee Donathan's grandmother Mary Watson and U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott addressed the media during a press conference Tuesday at 11:30 p.m. at the Richland County Sheriff's Office. Haylee was found in San Diego, Calif. She will be returned to Crestline in Watson's custody.

MANSFIELD — A hearing for Cyle Watson was held Wednesday in Mansfield Municipal Court to determine if there is enough evidence to send Watson’s case to a grand jury for his role in helping another sex offender escape from the Volunteers of America halfway house.

His attorney, Steve Cockley, said the case will be taken “straight to the grand jury.”

Watson, 21, has been in the news recently because of his niece, Haylee Donathan, who was with convicted sex offender Robbi Potter and her mother, Candace Watson.

Watson was charged with complicity to escape for reportedly arranging for a ride for Potter to leave the VOA. Watson previously told the News Journal his involvement in the case was “a trick gone bad.”

The subject of a month-long nationwide search, the 4-year-old Crestline girl was found unharmed Tuesday near a Christian retreat center near San Diego, Calif.

Also on Tuesday, Richland County Common Pleas Judge James DeWeese sentenced Cyle Watson to eight years in prison for a probation violation. Watson had marijuana brought into the Volunteers of America halfway house and supplied residents with pot. ..Source.. by News Journal staff report •

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