Tuesday, June 22, 1999

Jailed dad gets break for birth

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Former Cincinnati Police Officer Patrick Knight will be allowed out of jail to be with his wife when she gives birth to their third child.

        Mr. Knight was sentenced to one year in jail earlier this month for offering to release female suspects if they agreed to have sex with him.

        After a brief meeting Monday in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court, Judge Robert Kraft agreed to let Mr. Knight be present for the birth of his child.

        He said Mr. Knight would remain in the custody of sheriff's deputies while he is out.

        Mr. Knight's attorney, Fred Hoefle, said the request was routine and is frequently granted to prisoners who want to visit sick relatives, go to funerals or attend to other important family matters.

        “He's not getting any special treatment,” Mr. Hoefle said. “The birth of his child is imminent and the judge authorized the sheriff to take him.”

        Mr. Knight said his wife is expected to give birth before July 19.

        Prosecutor Mike Allen opposed Mr. Knight's release but declined comment on the case.

        Judge Kraft's order leaves it up to the sheriff's office to determine when Mr. Knight should be taken from the jail and when he should be returned.

        Mr. Hoefle said the order specifies that Mr. Knight would be in the custody of sheriff's deputies at all times.

        Mr. Knight, 36, was convicted of two counts of bribery and one count of sexual battery. Prosecutors say he threatened to arrest women unless they had sex with him.

        He had faced up to six years in prison but the judge sentenced him to one year at the Justice Center.


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