A Waco man was arrested Saturday after a teenager accused him of sexually assaulting her when she was a child, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said.

Michael Joe Knight Jr., 43, was arrested Saturday afternoon based on an arrest warrant charging Knight with a first-degree felony charge of aggravated sexual assault. He was taken to McLennan County Jail, where he remained Monday afternoon with a bond listed at $100,000.

Swanton said the girl came to the Waco Police Department in January to report that Knight sexually abused her by touching her at a Waco home in summer 2010. She was about 6 at the time, officials said.

Investigators interviewed the girl and gathered information substantiate the victim’s claims. Knight was arrested at a West Waco home Saturday and taken to jail.

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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