UPDATE: Fayette County man sentenced to prison for sexually abusing a child

FAYETTEVILLE, WV (WOAY) – Jeffery T. Mauzy, Prosecuting Attorney, announces that on June 30, 2020, Robert J. Knight, Jr., age 43, of Ansted was sentenced by Circuit Judge Thomas H. Ewing to 10 to 20 years in prison for the felony offense of sexual abuse by a parent, guardian, custodian, or person in a position of trust to a child.

Upon release, he will be under extensive sex offender supervision for 20 years. Knight entered a guilty plea on January 27, 2020.

The victim came forward in 2018 and disclosed multiple instances of abuse over the course of eight years while the victim was a teenager. Knight will register as a sex offender for life after his release from prison.

This crime was investigated by the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department. The case was prosecuted by Prosecuting Attorney Jeffery T. Mauzy.


ANSTED, WV (WOAY) – A Fayette County man is in jail on multiple felony Sexual Abuse charges.

The Detective Bureau of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department investigated a sexual abuse complaint that occurred in the Ansted area. The suspect, in this case, Robert Knight Jr (41 of Ansted) allegedly sexually abused a female relative victim numerous times over the course of about eight years. When the alleged abuses took place, the victim was age 9 through age 17.

Knight was charged with 90 felony counts of Sexual Abuse by a Parent or Guardian. Knight was arraigned by the Fayette County Magistrate’s Office, where his bond was set at $150,000. He was unable to post bond and was remanded to the Southern Regional Jail.

If you have any information regarding this incident, contact the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department at 304-574-3590 or through our Facebook page “Fayette County Sheriff’s Department,” or you can contact Crime Stoppers of West Virginia at 304-255-STOP. This incident remains under investigation by the Detective Bureau of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department. Investigators were assisted in this case by the Just For Kids center of Fayette County.

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