A New Castle County paramedic has been charged with one count of Rape in the fourth degree by the New Castle County Division of Police.
This charge follows an investigation by the Division’s Criminal Investigations Unit into alleged incidents that occurred between 2004 and 2006. The investigation began in July 2023 when police were notified about a potential case of sexual abuse during that period.
Following an investigation, detectives charged Katherine Watts, 41, of Middletown. She voluntarily surrendered to authorities on February 1, 2024, and was subsequently arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 2. She was released on a $5000 unsecured bail.
Under Delaware law, rape in the fourth degree can be charged when the victim has not reached maturity.
According to officials, there is no evidence to suggest that any of the alleged incidents took place while Watts was performing her duties as a paramedic, which involves direct patient care.
Watts, who has worked for New Castle County since 2006, was immediately placed on administrative leave in July and will remain on leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation according to officials.