Ex-Tupper Laker pleads guilty to rape

TUPPER LAKE – A former Tupper Lake resident pleaded guilty Monday to third-degree rape after being caught having sex with an underaged female relative.

Jewel Watkins Sr., 42, of Massena, was originally indicted in November 2012 on a charge of third-degree incest as well as third-degree rape – both are class E felonies – plus endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor.

In June 2012, law-enforcement officials found Watkins and the girl in a parked vehicle at a rest area near the intersection of state routes 3 and 30 in the town of Harrietstown.

District Attorney Derek Champagne would not reveal the girl’s age when questioned in November, other than to say she was less than 17.

Watkins is scheduled for sentencing on Aug. 19.