A suspended Atlantic City fire captain acquitted in October of charges he had sex with his teenage foster daughter will go on trial next year in a similar case, a judge ruled this week.
A jury found Fire Capt. Roderick Knox not guilty of aggravated sexual assault and other offenses in the 2010 case. But he still must go to trial in a 1995 case uncovered while investigators were looking into the more recent allegations.
Superior Court Judge Bernard DeLury rejected a motion Wednesday to dismiss the outstanding indictment.
After his Oct. 3 acquittal, Knox’s supporters said they knew his innocence would be proven.
“It was the most hideous thing you could be accused of,” Knox said outside the courtroom just after the verdict was read. “I can’t stand people that do stuff like that.”
Knox has been suspended without pay since shortly after his February 2011 arrest in the newer case, in which his then-15-year-old foster daughter claimed they had sex on several occasions.
That May, he was indicted on charges he had sex with a girl in 1995. She also was 15 at the time.
Defense attorney Stephen Funk said he was disappointed the judge didn’t dismiss the older charges.
“Now we look forward to showing a jury that Mr. Knox is an innocent man,” he said Thursday.
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