Investigators Say Kight Met Teenage Victim at Local Church

kevin-kight-mugPUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (EYT) – Additional charges have been filed against a Punxsutawney man who is at the center of a widespread sexual abuse investigation.

According to a criminal complaint, the investigation was initiated when Punxsutawney-based State Police Trooper Terry Clark received a report of a 16-year-old girl was exchanging inappropriate text messages with 42-year-old Kevin M. Kight of Punxsutawney.

A search warrant was granted giving police access to the girl’s phone. It was determined that two nude photos were sent to the phone.

Following an interview on December 14 with Punxsutawney-based State Police Trooper Julie Clark, the victim confirmed that Kight requested that she take and send him the two nude photographs. She stated that she complied with the request, sending him the photos.

The criminal complaint states that Kight was interviewed by police on December 15. During the interview, Kight admitted that he requested, received, and viewed the photos. Police say Kight also acknowledged that he knew the victim was 16-years-old.

According to the criminal complaint, Kight then gave police permission to search his phone. Police were able to locate the two nude photos during a preliminary search of the phone.

Police searched Kight’s home on December 16 and found printed copies of the photos.

Investigators interviewed the victim again on December 17, at which point she told police that she was involved in a sexual relationship with Kight.

The victim told police that she met Kight in 2013 at a local church where they both attended.

The criminal complaint states that she told police that she engaged in sexual relations with Kight in Punxsutawney during Summer 2015, making the victim 15-years-old at the time. The encounters occurred in Kight’s truck while it was parked on Sycamore Street.

According to the criminal complaint, the victim told police that Kight touched her breasts underneath her shirt and touched her genitals. She also stated that she had sexual intercourse with Kight on one occasion.

Additionally, she told police that she sent various nude photos to Kight upon his request and that Kight sent her a photo of his penis. Kight also allegedly touched himself via videophone on one occasion while the victim watched.

Kight was interviewed by State Police again on December 17. During the interview, Kight acknowledged that he knew the victim was 13-years-old when the two met.

According to the criminal complaint, Kight admitted he was involved in a sexual relationship with the victim and “he knew it was wrong he was in love with her.”

Kight told police that he exchanged hand-written letters with the victim, which progressed to messages via text and Facebook.

He also admitted to having sexual relations with the victim in his truck while it was parked along Sycamore Street.

Kight was arraigned at 5:15 p.m. on December 17 in front of Magisterial District Judge Douglas Robert Chambers and charged with the following offenses:

  • Statutory Sexual Assault: 11 Years Older, Felony 1
  • Unlawful Contact With Minor – Sexual Offenses, Felony 1
  • Aggravated Indecent Assault – Comp. Less Than 16, Felony 2
  • Corruption Of Minors – Defendant Age 18 or Above, Felony 3
  • Child Pornography, Felony 3 (three counts)
  • Criminal Solicitation – Disseminating Photo/Film Of Child Sex Acts, Felony 3 (two counts)
  • Indecent Assault Person Less 16 Yrs Age, Misdemeanor 2

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on December 30 with Judge Chambers presiding.

Kight is part of an ongoing investigation into the alleged sexual abuse of multiple children in Jefferson and Indiana counties.

Rebecca Gardner, 40, of Indiana, Pa., has also been charged in connection with the investigation. She is facing over 350 charges for allegedly sending pornographic images of a 4-year-old girl to Kight.

The number of charges against Kight is approaching 100, according to police.

Kight is currently lodged in the Jefferson County Jail.

Troop C Community Services Officer Jamie K. Levier says investigators have developed information that leads them to believe there may be additional victims that have not come forward.

“We are encouraging potential victims to come forward,” said Levier “Every step will be taken to ensure everyone that comes forward will remain anonymous.”

Anyone with knowledge pertinent to this investigation, including potential victims, can contact the Criminal Investigation Unit at PSP Punxsutawney 814-938-0510.


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