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Former UCLA Basketball Player Billy Knight Charged with Child Molestation Before Death

Knight had been charged with sexually abusing a nine-year old girl before his death.

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Former UCLA basketball player Billy Knight, who reportedly killed himself over the weekend, was arrested in Phoenix on June 13 and charged with multiple counts of sexual conduct with a minor, sexual abuse and molestation of a child, TMZ Sports is reporting.

Phoenix news radio station KTAR-FM reports adds that the victim was the 9-year-old daughter of Knight’s ex-girlfriend.

KTAR also mentions how the allegations came about:

The allegations were first made from the victim to a mentor, who told the victim’s mother, who then contacted the Phoenix Police Department.

Knight allegedly admitted to the allegations during a recorded phone call with the victim’s mother and Phoenix police.

According to TMZ, “Knight posted his $100,000 bail and was released from custody in June — but ordered to wear an electronic monitoring device.” Knight was reportedly facing more than 50 years in prison if convicted on all charges.

TMZ also reported that Knight’s ex-girlfriend told police that he “violated the terms of his release by contacting her several times and even appearing at her home.”

Knight was scheduled to appear in court today for a hearing on the charges, according to KTAR.