MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The star quarterback of last season’s state champion Martinsburg High football team awaits a preliminary hearing after being charged this week with a felony in connection with videos found on his cell phone.

Martinsburg police allege Malique Watkins, 18, of Martinsburg, had three videos on his phone that showed a 19-year-old girl engaging in sexual activity with a 17-year-old.

Police took the iPhone in late November for forensic testing. Investigators said the videos were taken on Oct. 27, 2013. He was charged Monday.

Watkins led the Martinsburg High School Bulldogs to their fourth straight AAA title last December. He has signed a letter of intent to play at Fairmont State University. He is free on $15,000 bail awaiting a March 26 preliminary hearing.  He is charged with one count of of possessing sexually explicit material involving a juvenile.

Another former Martinsburg High quarterback, Cookie Clinton, was indicted last month on a number of felony charges in separate cases.

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  • Jonus Grumby

    Seems to be a pattern at Martinsburg High School.

    • #1 Judge

      there is a pattern....4 in a row!!!!!!

    • Jaybo83

      2 kids in a 1700 +\- student population get in trouble and that's a pattern? C'mon man...

      • Martinsburg Resident

        No where in my post did I say there was a pattern... "there is a problem"... you, school administrators, parents, BOE, etc... can all keep denying facts, but that does not mean there is no problem. I'm not going to argue the facts (it is what it is), I just want to see someone step up and correct a bad atmosphere where certain kids do as they please with no fear of the consequences

    • Martinsburg Resident

      Very sad for this young man... poor choices & bad influences in a young persons life can be devastating. These young students need leadership @ home & @ school. At some point the Berkeley Co. BOE & PARENTS or parental caretakers have to take some corrective action. There is obviously a problem... too many bright futures are being ruined for what?

  • chasmo

    Lets NOT bash MHS- once again, it appears that some of the athletes @ MHS put themselves into situations where they easily ruin their lives. I would have to believe that there will be MUCH MORE information to come out soon. 4 Peat , YES, however, seems like ALWAYS SOMETHING tarnishes the wins. Total Shame . Maybe the Board needs to start STEPPING IN - numerous numerous " terrible PR " for the schools in the county : felons, fights @ athletic contests, people getting ejected , including those representing the schools and , of course, transfers .... think about this , apparently certain schools need some serious assistance .

    • Kim

      I agree. I'm clearly not a fan of Martinsburg, but the BOARD is to blame for these kids getting away with this stuff. If Administration would actually PUNISH these dum-dum kids when they make stupid decisions (running out on courts during games, ejections during games, investigating a little more when they hear that certain kids are screwing up) instead of being too scared to say anything, maybe they could avoid getting into serious trouble like this when they are older. When there are no consequences, there's no change. Our Board needs to WAKE UP and SET SOME HARD BOUNDARIES so we can nip this in the bud!!!!!!

      • chasmo

        Kim : what PLANET on you on ?? Each one of these thugs made their OWN DECISION to do what they did -from the felons to being "T" up @ games - one of the local schools just might lead the state in the players receiving 'T " s to lack of crowd control involving the school where apparently the fighting takes place- it is NOT the BOARDS FAULT - however , the board does DEFINITELY need to step up and START CLEANING UP THE SCHOOLS - appears to be a lot of SPLINELESS PEOPLE in charge of MANY .. think about it.

        • Kim

          Chasmo, I meant the board was to blame for not stepping in. I was agreeing with you. You need to calm down, you made yourself look dumb.

          • meltzen

            you do realize education is being taken over by social justice and many schools around the country are being informed by the higher ups not to suspend kids as much because they dont want to be labeled as suspending more students of certain races... Arn Duncan has quoted saying, education is so much more than just education but social justice..... I agree students need to be accountable for their actions and if consquences come from those actions they need to be enforced... but the education system is changing...parents need to be involved in every aspect of their childs life. If your not raising your child then someone else is instilling things in them. Be a parent and not a friend.

          • Kim

            AND I figured this would turn into an "anti hedgesville" rant. Thank GOD you can't leave your ridiculous comments in the journal anymore. Lol!!!

  • DWL

    Martinsburg’s “sport” enablers are introducing a new product this year to bolster the team’s bond & bail funds. They’re offering a collector card series of the “athletes”, with their mug shots taken during their intake into the regional jail system. The jump suit colors even match their school colors. Also hear the boosters are even changing their names to the “chain gang”. The cheer leaders from cell block B will be on the side lines cheering them on, yelling “da BARS” !!!

  • Independent View

    Should he expect a call from Rich Rod?

  • Funky

    Most of y'all hypocrites will be cheering on a Huggins recruit that did this times three.

    • joeyjojo

      Wrong. The girl on Holtons phone was over 18.

      • Juggernaut

        The girl in Maliques phone was also 19, and the teen boy (not malique) was 17. I'm sure the 19 y/o and 17 y/o both have the video in their phone too.

  • Hillbilly

    Martinsburg , enough said !!!

    • Mac

      Yep, once a high school championship football team starts winning year, after year, after year, after year, somebody needs to "lift the covers" just to see what most already know, but few are willing to believe. This sort of parallels the little problem two years ago in Steubenville, Ohio. Unfortunately, these types of problems happen more often than not and people in authority do their darndest to "sweep it under the rug." We've all heard those patent lies: "Ahhh, their just kids . . . They didn't mean any harm." And sometimes even the authorities in the community try to "cover" for them because a state championship, in their minds, is the greatest achievement of any school and/or community. WRONG! Thanks, Athletics...the set of moral values that you preach, the "All- American student/athlete who has the values of a pig,” are NOT what we should aspire for. And NO college should even consider taking a student of this ilk because his problems will become the college's problems. Don't take that risk. There are better student athletes out there that may not play as well as the super-jock who is in trouble, but they will play within the rules and the football coaches and the college will have a much better reputation. And, I dare say, maybe a better record!

    • Concerned citizen

      Hillbilly...enough said!!!

  • Picture

    I looked at his picture in the MB paper and wonder how he can be a star football player without tats?
    Please explain.

  • jay zoom

    if convicted should be banned from owning any type of cell phone for the rest of his life this includes computers as well

  • william

    IT'S ONLY SEX!
    75% of kids 14 - 17 all having sex.
    Isn't it great that the PARENTS are teaching their kids to get involved in drugs & sex at a early age?
    BLAME THE PARENTS, THEY ARE THE ONES AT FAULT.

    • Jonus Grumby

      It's only sex? Yeah, sex involving a juvenile being photographed. If you condone this sort of thing, you are obviously disturbed or a kid-didler yourself.

    • DWL

      Can't blame mommy and daddy (?) any more. That magical age of 18 came along and - surprise - he is a "responsible" adult now. Blow the 18 candles out on the cake with the file in it young man.

  • Kim

    If you're from the Eastern Panhandle and are familiar with Martinsburg High School, you aren't surprised. I swear everytime I walk in there, I hear the theme song to "Dangerous Minds"... Criminal activity is an everyday thing at Martinsburg. Another Bulldog in an orange jumpsuit?? Not new news.

    • Concerned citizen

      Let me try this again since they didn't like my first post.......
      Kim you really need to get a grip or move somewhere else!!!
      The three letter word discussed in this incident is all we need to know.
      We have issues with it when we base society living on it.
      Call it sex, porx, r rated, magazines, movies, tv,...it all goes back to sex!!
      Society gets rich on it but we condemn our kids when they get caught with it on a cell phone....
      Let him who is without sin cast the first stone...HYPOCRITES!!!!!
      I wonder how many of your own children have it on there phone?
      Nervous?
      You ought to be cause its all around!!!!

      • Kim

        Ummm... I have lived here all my life. You can be in denial allll you want, but I am telling you: Martinsburg has THE worst reputation for crime and drugs IN OUR AREA. You ask anyone from any part of the state, and they will tell you the same thing. I'm not saying kids don't have sex. Has anyone used their brains, and realized that this "investigation" was started by the story that hit the papers months ago about the 17 year old girl who was raped at a party by multiple guys? They didn't just randomly take Watkins phone. Just sayin.

        • EPlover

          Kim,
          Why do you stay in the panhandle if it is so bad? Many folks live here....matter of fact it is the most growing part of the state....has been for a decade or more!
          You keep blaming the school as if you missed out on some high school experience. This school has no more problems than any other...and besides we all know the school is not responsible for this mans actions....he is!!!
          The graduates of Martinsburg high take offense to your stand and again you have the right to relocate to another place since the eastern panhandle is such a bad place to live. We can do without the cancer!!!

          • EPlover

            Kim,
            How can you post about a place you don't go to?
            If you stay out of Martinsburg then why are you posting about it?
            If you didn't attend Martinsburg High School then why are you so aginst it?
            Geesh...i thought the kid was the one confused!!!!!

          • Kim

            Not the eastern panhandle... Just Martinsburg. I love the eastern panhandle!! I stay outta martinsburg. Oh and the only experiences I missed out on in high school was doing drugs, getting arrested, etc. I had a great high school experience in the Eastern Panhandle, NOT at Martinsburg.

      • Meltzen

        Does anyone know what the Law says concerning this? Is this for any sexually explicit videos or just when it involves a juvenile? Did the girl commit in any crime? If it came right down to it anyone of us breaks the law everyday. There are so many laws, your breaking one not even realizing it.

    • Professor

      I'm from the Eastern Panhandle and I am surprised except not from probably what you are thinking. I am surprised at these charges about the content of what is on a cell phone. Granted NO ONE should have this on a cell phone but I wonder how many people do!!Sexting has been known all over the world. This is one of these laws that I wish was talked about a lot more to all people of every age and especially this age group of kids. I'll guarantee not everybody high school or older knew this was against the law. Most kids in high school that are sexually active are between these ages mentioned. (17-19). With that said I'm sure many of us are checking our kids cell phones today...and hopefully we will continue to do so in the future. This has been an eye opener for me. If this young mans phone wasn't confiscated we would not be having this conversation.
      Please Kim...stop bashing Martinsburg High School. It is not the schools fault. Our kids are a splitting image of what our society is....and we know sex is the driving force of our society! Porn is everywhere! If you don't believe that then maybe you should move back to planet Mars where you apparently come from!

  • MOCO man

    Meant 17 yr old and 25 yr old.......

  • MOCO man

    I would have more of a problem with it if it were a 19 yr old and say a 25 yr old.........

    • MOCO man

      Meant 17 yr old and 25 yr old

  • WVU95

    Kid shoulda stayed at St. James!

  • WVU86

    So while the Martinsburg coaches, fans, community were supporting Watkins in his quest to be eligibile, Watkins repays the gratitude by allegedly committing a felony prior to the state championship game? I have to believe M-burg fans are feeling cheated but hey, you got the big shiny trophy though, right? At least two years ago, the starting state title quarterback was an upstanding young man. Oh nevermind.

    • 1prouddog

      another LOSER that lost to Martinsburg football team!

      • WVU86

        Another football team with a LOSER quarterback.

        • 1prouddog

          WVU86
          You didn't say that when they kicked your axx did ya??
          Of course your still a loser with WVU in your name! Ha Ha Ha

  • realist

    http://www.journal-news.net/page/content.detail/id/605737/Martinsburg-QB-arrested-for-explicit-possession.html?nav=5006


    This is the link to the story in the Journal. I bet adminstration and the coaches in there were glad the phone didnt get back until December 4th right after the state championship. If it would of come back they may of had to punish him or do something like that. What am I talking about, I must be crazy. 4 Peat BABY!!!

    • 1prouddog

      Realist....you are crazy!
      Can't change the past!
      4 PEAT will always remain!
      Go Dogs!!!!!

      • Mac

        Hey there "One Proud Dog" - - you've been drinkin' the Kool-Ade too! You guys cheat to win ball games (ALL 4 State Championships) and use players that should be in juvi detention or the slammer. I wouldn't let my kid even try out for a spot on your team. He's got higher aspirations than to play on a team that wins by deception. I'm glad their catching up with your illegal players.

        • 1prouddog

          Mac,
          Can you come up with something a little more original please?
          These old stale comments have been made every since we won back to back titles!!!

        • Jonus Grumby

          You have concrete proof of cheating, do you? Sounds like sour grapes to me.