Spring Grove mom gets probation for harassing daughter

WOODSTOCK – A McHenry County Judge said what a Spring Grove woman did to her daughter was " absolutely unforgivable."

Prosecutors said Amber D. Watson, 33, tried to get her daughter to recant statements the girl made to police about Watson's boyfriend. The 12-year-old girl is the alleged victim in a pending sex case involving Pablo Torres.

Watson told the girl she wouldn't see family members or get Christmas if she didn't take back her allegations against 56-year-old Torres, Watson's live-in boyfriend, prosecutors said.

Torres is accused of having sexual contact with the girl. He was arrested in August and has been awaiting trial in custody at McHenry County Jail.

Though Judge Sharon Prather scolded the woman, she also noted that Watson had no prior criminal history when she sentenced the woman to two years of probation. Watson also was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and attend a parenting class.

Assistant State's Attorney Robert Zalud asked that Watson be given prison time.

"At the end of the day, Miss Watson chose to manifest her love and concern for a pedophile rather than for her own child," he said.

Special Public Defender David Giesinger said that Watson's mother has guardianship of the child.

Harassing a witness is a probational Class 2 felony, punishable by up to seven years in prison. The more serious charges against Torres – predatory criminal sexual assault of a child – are Class X felonies punishable by up to 30 years in prison.

Torres is scheduled to appear in court on March 21.