Circuit Judge Bob Helfrich sentenced William Jeffrey Knight to 95 years day-for-day, after Knight was found guilty by a jury on October 12th on Child molestation and exploitation charges. Knight was originally arrested by the Petal Police Department on a Child Pornography charge back in November of 2019. After a thorough investigation by Petal Lt. Sammy Ray, the DA’s office presented the case to a grand jury, which indicted Knight on the three following felony charges:
- Count 1: Exploitation of a Child
- Count 2:Exploitation of a Child
- Count 3: Touching of a Child for Lustful Purposes
Knight served over 20 years in local law enforcement at multiple police agencies, and at the time of his 2019 arrest, Knight was serving as an MDOC officer.
Forrest County District Attorney said of the conviction,