Veteran Seattle PD officer accused of "groping" other SPD employees sentenced to probation
November 04, 2017
(SEATTLE, WA.) -- The man is Seattle Police officer John knight, a 28-year veteran of the force.
Last month the 52-year old officer, now on paid administrative leave, pleaded guilty to one count of fourth-degree assault, a gross misdemeanor.
He admitted he intentionally touched three other SPD employees in an offensive and unwanted manner between October 2014 and August 2016.
"Two female coworkers and one male coworker, gave emotional and graphic statements at the (Friday) sentencing of officer John Knight. They spoke of years of sexual assault and abuse of power," said a KOMO-TV report on Knight's sentencing hearing.
It turns out Knight will not do any jail time, he still has his job and is still being paid even though he's not going to work every day.
At his sentencing hearing Superior Court Judge Susan Amini sentenced Knight to probation and also to 364 days in jail but all that jail time was suspended on condition he have no future criminal violations and no contact with the victims.
The Seattle Times reported that three victims came forward at Friday's sentencing and in "emotional remarks to the court" they "spoke painfully and graphically about what happened to them at the hands of Knight who allegedly once said to no one in particular, according to one of the victims, “what can I say, I’m a predator," after one groping incident.
All three victims said they were reluctant to come forward with complaints about Knight because they felt he had power in the work place and he could adversely effect their employment.
One of the victims related that he had changed his mind about filing a complaint against the veteran officer because he knew of a previous complaint against Knight that had gone nowhere, according to the Times report, which added the same victim said Knight once told him, “It’s a disease, I can’t help it.”