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Lynchburg woman sentenced to prison on 2 counts

Caitlin Forsha, The Highland County Press

A Lynchburg woman was sentenced last week to two and a half years in prison after pleading guilty to one count each of endangering children and disseminating matter harmful to juveniles.

As previously reported, Tiffany L. Watson-Badinghaus, 37, was indicted by a Highland County grand jury in March 2024 and charged with two counts of endangering children, one second-degree and one third-degree felony; and two counts of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, both fourth-degree felonies.

According to court records, Watson-Badinghaus pleaded guilty in May to the third-degree felony endangering children charge and to one count of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles.

For the endangering children charge, the indictment alleged that between 2020 and 2023, Watson-Badinghaus “created a substantial risk to the health or safety” of a child “by violating a duty of care, protection or support, and the harm resulted in serious physical harm” to the child.

The other charge alleged that Watson-Badinghaus “did with knowledge of its character or content, recklessly directly sell, deliver, furnish, disseminate, provide, exhibit, rent or present … any material or performance that is obscene or harmful” to a juvenile.

During a sentencing hearing June 20, Highland County Common Pleas Court Judge Rocky Coss sentenced Watson-Badinghaus to 12 months on the disseminating matter harmful to juveniles charge, consecutive to 18 months on the endangering children charge, for a total of 30 months in prison. She had two days of jail time credit.

As previously reported, her co-defendant, Andrew L. Watson, was sentenced to four and a half years in prison in May. Watson also pleaded guilty to endangering children and to disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, as well as one count of gross sexual imposition.

“You chose the most despicable option, silence, and allowed this to continue,” Coss told Watson-Badinghaus. “In this case, there was never any doubt what the right thing to do was. There was never any doubt — protect [the] child — and you failed. That’s the problem that’s inherent in this case.”

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