November 1, 2017
Correctional Officer Arrested Following OIG Investigation
TRENTON, Fla. – On November 1, the Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) Office of Inspector General announced the arrest of correctional officer Richard Knight Jr. following an OIG criminal investigation. Knight Jr. has been charged with one count each of battery on an inmate, tampering with a victim and falsifying records.
Following the arrest, Knight Jr. was transported to the Columbia County Jail. The FDC Office of the Inspector General acknowledges the cooperation and assistance provided by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and the State Attorney’s Office in the 8th Judicial Circuit.
For more information regarding the Department’s Office of Inspector General, please visit www.dc.state.fl.us/orginfo/ig.html.
Click here to see the arrest affidavit. The following exemptions apply to the redactions:
Social security numbers. § 119.071(5)(a), F.S.
The home addresses, telephone numbers, including cellular and personal pager numbers, social security numbers, dates of birth, and photographs of active or former department employees and/or their spouses and children; places of employment; daycare facilities, and/or schools of active or former department employees’ spouses and children (sections § 119.071 (4)(d), F.S. and 945.10(1)(e), F.S.
Information, which is released, would jeopardize a person’s safety. § 945.10(1)(e), F.S.
Information regarding a victim’s statement and identity. § 945.10(1)(f); 119.071(2)(j) F.S.
As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs 24,000 members statewide, incarcerates approximately 96,000 inmates and supervises nearly 166,000 offenders in the community.