A sex offender from Atascadero has pleaded not guilty to additional child sex crimes.
Fred Raymond Knight II was arrested in August by Atascadero police and later charged with sodomy of a child under 10 years of age, oral copulation or sexual penetration of a child under 10 years of age, and lewd acts with a child under 14 years of age.
The 43-year-old entered the not guilty plea in a San Luis Obispo courtroom Tuesday while also denying several other allegations against him.
Knight is a registered sex offender listed on the Megan’s Law website. According to the registry, he was convicted of lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14 years of age in 2011 and released a year later. It also shows he was given a risk assessment score of 4 following his conviction, which means he was considered to have an “above average risk” of reoffending.
Knight remained in custody Tuesday at San Luis Obispo County Jail, according to jail logs. Bond is set at $700,000.
He is due back in court Oct. 30.