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(Scroll down for video) A police officer was arrested on a charge of assault with sexual motivation after allegedly groping several coworkers at work, according to police in Washington.
John Knight, a Seattle police officer assigned to the Training and Education Section, has been suspended without pay after charges were filed in King County Superior Court, alleging that he assaulted at least three employees by groping them.
The criminal allegations were brought to light during an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) investigation into Knight’s conduct, during which time he had been administratively reassigned.
The allegations were turned over to the Special Victims Crimes Section for criminal investigation, which subsequently referred the case to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for consideration of charges.
The department is keeping the criminal investigation open and is encouraging other employees who may have had similar experiences with Knight to come forward.
Knight is a 26 year veteran of the police department.
According to the criminal complaint, Knight groped the behinds over the clothes of officers numerous times, put his hand down the shirt of a coworker multiple times, and groped the crotch area of a coworker multiple times.
Knight assaulted men and women.