MARTINSBURG - Another star player from the Martinsburg Bulldogs football program is facing trouble with the law.
Malique Watkins, 18, of Martinsburg, was arraigned Monday evening on one felony count of possessing sexually explicit material involving a juvenile.
According to police records, Watkins' cell phone allegedly contained three videos depicting a 19-year-old woman engaging in sexual activity with a 17-year-old.
Martinsburg High School quarterback Malique Watkins has been charged with possessing sexually explicit videos of an underage person.
The iPhone was seized Nov. 26 by the Martinsburg Police Department in regard to "an investigation," according to police records, and was turned over to the West Virginia State Police for forensic examination.
On Dec. 4, the cellphone was returned to the Martinsburg Police Department with a completed forensic report.
The forensic examination led to three videos being found that were filmed on the night of Oct. 27, between 10:19 and 11:05 p.m., depicting the sex acts.
"Based on the fact that ... a minor is defined as anyone under the age of 18 years old and that 3 videos were located on the cellphone of Malique Watkins which depicted a 17-year-old juvenile engaging in (sexual activity) with a 19-year-old female, it is this officer's belief that Malique Watkins did possess sexually explicit material of a minor," a copy of the criminal complaint contained in the warrant charging Watkins reads.
Watkins is the quarterback who led the Bulldogs to their fourth consecutive Class AAA state championship in 2013.
He faced eligibility concerns during the season, but was deemed eligible to play by the state athletic commission Oct. 17. On Feb. 5, he signed a letter of intent to play collegiately at Fairmont State University.
As of Tuesday, Watkins remained free on a $15,000 personal recognizance bond while awaiting future court proceedings. A preliminary hearing in Berkeley County Magistrate Court is scheduled for March 26.
The quarterback who led Martinsburg to its state title in 2012, Justin "Cookie" Clinton, was indicted in February by a Berkeley County grand jury on two counts of breaking and entering, two counts of petit larceny, two counts of grand larceny, two counts of breaking and entering of an automobile, one count of burglary, one count of kidnapping, one count of battery and one count of domestic battery. He will go to trial May 6.