SEATTLE — A Seattle police officer has been charged with groping three co-workers.

John Knight, a 26-year veteran assigned to the department’s training and education section, has been suspended without pay after fourth-degree assault charges were filed Thursday in King County Superior Court.

The charges say Knight repeatedly fondled two female co-workers, including grabbing their buttocks and putting his hand down the shirt of one. He’s also accused of groping the crotch of a male co-worker.

Knight’s attorney, Erik Makus, acknowledged the seriousness of the allegations, but urged people to avoid rushing to judgment, sayng, “There’s a lot more to this than what’s in the probable cause statement.”

Police say the allegations arose during an equal employment opportunity investigation of Knight’s conduct. The department is reviewing prior equal employment opportunity cases involving Knight, which date back to 2009, and is asking other potential victims to come forward.

Knight’s arraignment is set for Oct. 20.

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