Billy Knight, former UCLA basketball player who was found dead earlier this week hours after posting a cryptic video about depression, was recently charged with sexually abusing a 9-year-old.
According to TMZ Sports, Knight was arrested on June 13 in Phoenix, AZ. The 39-year-old was charged with six felonies for sexual encounters with a child under 15 years old.
The court documents obtained by TMZ Sports say that prosecutors believe the sexual abuse took place in the 9-year-old’s home, including on her mother’s bed. Knight posted $100,000 bail and was ordered to wear an electronic monitoring device.
The victim’s mother told the court that Knight violated the terms of his release on bail by contacting her and showing up to her home.
Knight was facing up to 50 years in prison at the time of his death, which investigators do not believe involved foul play.
Circumstances of Knight’s Death
Another tragedy has hit the UCLA basketball family after Billy Knight, was found dead in Phoenix on a roadway, a week after another former player committed suicide, reports ESPN.
Knight, 39, was found on a roadway at 2:45 a.m on Sunday and was pronounced dead a short time later by Phoenix firefighters. According to reports, the death didn’t raise any suspicion of foul play and the cause of death will be later determined by the Maricopa County Medical Examiner.
Knight posted a six-minute video hours before his death and titled it “I am Sorry Lord.”
He begins by saying “This is probably my last message on Earth. Later in the video he says “I just feel like I don’t belong here on Earth. So my time is up.”
“Our hearts are heavy after learning Billy Knight has passed away. We ask that the Bruin family keep Billy’s loved ones in their thoughts during this difficult time,” tweeted the UCLA men’s basketball program.