Perp: Portsmouth Sheriff Bill Watson Agency: Portsmouth Sheriff's Office Location: Portsmouth, Virginia WAVY: Portsmouth Sheriff under fire again (Oct 7 2013) On Monday, Portsmouth Sheriff Bill Watson is under more scrutiny after he admitted to paying inmates in his custody to work on his home. Now he’s accused of allowing inmates to do work on a political campaign. Watson told WAVY.com last week he did violate state law and pay inmates in his work release program to do work on his home. However, the offense happened more than a year ago, the statute of limitations has run, and Watson will not be charged. However, there’s more possible bad news for the Sheriff. A new accusation claims Sheriff Watson approved and allowed inmates from his work release program to set up a tent with tables and chairs for a political campaign fundraiser. WAVY.com obtained pictures of Watson's inmate work crew setting up a fundraiser for Vice Mayor Paige Cherry, who can be seen in the pictures wearing a red shirt. The September 28 fundraiser was in the backyard of Cherry's neighbor.