The first of three scheduled jury trials is underway for former LaMoure Police Chief James Watson.

He's accused of sex crimes in the southwestern counties of Stark, Hettinger and Golden Valley. The charges date to 2011.

KOVC radio reports that trial has begun this week in Golden Valley County, where the 52-year-old Watson is charged with continuous sexual abuse of a child.

Watson could face life in prison without parole if convicted.