Cop who once played McGruff the Crime Dog faces sex charges involving minor
PICKENS, SC (WYFF) - An South Carolina police officer who once played McGruff the Crime Dog while volunteering with police when he was in high school has been accused of multiple crimes involving a minor and has filed a lawsuit against the city and officials.
Akiel Jamar McKnight, 28, is charged with three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, criminal solicitation of a minor, two counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and misconduct in office.
The warrants say McKnight asked a minor to send him sexually explicit photographs and/or videos that showed the minor victim engaged in sexual activity or sexually explicit nudity for the purpose of sexual stimulation.
McKnight was arrested at 1 a.m. Thursday in Horry County. He was transported to the Pickens County Detention Center, where is being held without bond.
The State Law Enforcement Division investigated the case.
Warrants confirmed that McKnight was an officer with the Pickens Police Department between Oct. 1, 2017 and May 15, 2018. The crimes are alleged to have occurred between Dec. 1, 2017 and Nov. 1, 2018.
McKnight is no longer employed by the department.
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