Man Charged with Molesting Young Girl Says “. . . I don’t have the willpower to kill myself”
SPRING HILL – Thanks to the quick actions of Hernando County Sheriff’s Deputies, a suspected child molester is behind bars today, and will no longer have access to anyone under the age of 18.
According to officials, Sheriff’s Deputies received a tip from family members of the victim, claiming that 33-year-old Joseph Antoine Knight was committing lewd acts on a young girl who lives in the same residence.
Officials say Knight exposed his penis and masturbated in front of a child, who is under the age of 12, at least a dozen times over the last year. Knight is also accused of forcing the young victim to watch pornography and touch his genitals on several occasions.
On Friday, Deputies converged in the area of Groveland Street and Pirate Lane, where they were able to apprehend Knight before he was aware of the investigation.
During an interview with Detectives, Knight stated that he wanted to kill himself but he didn’t have the willpower to do so.
If Knight is able to post the $110,000 bond, he will be forced to wear a GPS monitor and have no contact with minors.
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