The already tragic situation involving former UCLA basketball player Billy Knight took an even darker turn on Wednesday. Knight, who was found dead on July 8, was reportedly facing six charges of sexual-related crimes involving a minor in the state of Arizona.
TMZ was the first to report the news. Knight’s case, which you can find online via the Arizona Judicial Branch, shows that he was to be charged with two counts of Sexual Conduct with a Minor, two counts of Molestation of a Child and two counts of Sexual Abuse.
Knight appears to have been arrested initially back on June 13. A warrant for his arrest was also issued for July 9 – one day after he was found dead.
TMZ reports that Knight’s charges allegedly involve a girl under the age of 15.
In court docs obtained by TMZ Sports, prosecutors say some of the abuse took place at the victim’s home — and on her mother’s bed.
Knight was reportedly facing over 50 years in prison, if convicted.
21 Nov 2000: Billy Knight #3 of the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) Bruins watches the action during the game against the California State University of Northridge (CSUN) Matadors at the Pauley Pavillion in Westwood, California. The Matadors defeated the Bruins 78-74.Mandatory Credit: Jeff Gross /Allsport
11 Dec 1999: Billy Knight #3 of the UCLA Bruins dribbles the ball during a game against the Gonzaga Bulldogs at the Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, California. The Bulldogs defeated the Bruins 59-43.
11 Mar 2000: Billy Knight #3 of the UCLA Bruins dribbles the ball down court during a game against the Washington Huskies at the Pauley Pavilion in Westwood, California The Bruins defeated the Huskies 90-64. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Gross /Allsport
05 Dec 2001: Guard Billy Knight #3 of the UCLA Bruins defends against the UC Riverside Highlanders during the NCAA game at Pauley Pavilion in Westwood, California. UCLA defeated UC Riverside 65-50. Mandatory Credit: Donald Miralle/Allsport
6 Jan 2002: Billy Knight #3 of the UCLA Bruins shoots a free throw during the NCAA basketball game against the Washington State Cougars at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, California. The Bruins defeated the Cougars 81-69.Mandatory Credit: Jeff Gross/Getty Images
9 Feb 2002: Guard Billy Knight #3 of the UCLA Bruins dribbles the ball during the NCAA game against the UC Irvine Anteaters at Pauley Pavillion in Westwood, California. UCLA defeated UC Irvine 75-74. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory copyright notice: Copyright 2002 NBAE Mandatory Credit: Jon Ferrey/NBAE/Getty Images
15 Mar 2002: Rico Hines #22 hugs teammate Billy Knight #3 after Knight was taken out of their game against Ole Miss in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. DIGITAL IMAGE. Mandatory Credit: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images
PITTSBURGH - MARCH 17: Billy Knight #3 of the UCLA Bruins celebrates during the second round of the 2002 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament on March 17, 2002 against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Bruins won in double overtime 105-101. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
UCLA's Billy Knight (L) and Cedric Bozeman (21) celebrate their 105-101
win over Cincinnati in double over time in the second round West
Regional game in Pittsburgh on March 17, 2002. REUTERS/Gabor Degre
UCLA's T.J. Cummings (L), Billy Knight (C), and Ryan Walcott (R)
celebrate near the end of their 105-101 upset of Cincinnati in the
second round NCAA West Regional game in Pittsburgh on March 17, 2002.
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Knight, shortly before his death, posted a video on YouTube, apologizing for living a life of sin.
Knight played at UCLA from 1997-2002 and later had an international career. He passed away at the age of 39.