A third student has accused Jeffrey E. Knight, who used to teach in Cohasset, of sexual assault.
In December, a grand jury in Norfolk County charged Knight with indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 by a required reporter. At his arraignment on Wednesday in Norfolk Superior Court, he said he was not guilty of the charge. On May 22, he will go back to court for a meeting with the judge.
The charge is from 2011, and the person who made it was a Cohasset Middle/High School grade 8 student who was 13 years old at the time. Knight taught science and technology at the school and coached football.
In court documents, Norfolk Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Blair said that the student was interviewed at Norfolk Advocates for Children in December and said that Knight had touched her in an inappropriate way twice.
“The victim said that one time in Mr. Knight’s class, he slid his hand up her dress and touched her side and breast while telling her he liked her dress and eye shadow. The victim remembered that on that day, she was wearing a blue dress and blue eye shadow “Blair wrote something in the paper.
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“Another time, the defendant walked up behind the victim in class and started hugging her from behind, with one arm over her shoulder and the other rubbing up her waist and side toward her breast,” Blair wrote.
The Events Happened Between The End Of April 2011 And The End Of April 2012
If you are found guilty, you will have to spend at least 10 years in prison.
A public school teacher is required by state law to tell the Department of Children and Families if she or he suspects that a child is being abused or neglected.
Knight did not have a lawyer listed in the court papers.
Knight, who was 62 at the time, went to jail for at least a year after a jury found him guilty of two counts of indecent assault and battery on the first accuser. He was sentenced by Quincy District Court Judge Mark Coven in December 2021. He was charged with touching her in a weird way when she was 13 and 14. Coven also put the man on probation for 2 12 years and put an 18-month sentence on hold.
Prosecutors said Knight pushed the girl on purpose from behind at the end of 2017 and the beginning of 2018. In February 2018, the girl told school officials about the alleged behavior, but neither the police nor the Department of Children and Families was told until months later. Later, the school principal was fired, in part because of how she dealt with the accusations.
After reading about the first charges against Knight in a newspaper, the second person came forward. He was then charged with five counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 by a grand jury in Norfolk County in 2019.
The status of these charges from 2014 and 2015 could not be found right away.
Knight started working at Cohasset Middle/High School in 2011, but he quit after the first person accused him. He taught school for more than 30 years.
On the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry, he is listed as a Level 2 sex offender, which means he is likely to do it again. Knight’s main home is listed as being in Maine, and he also has homes in Pembroke and Bourne.
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