Illinois drops charges against ex-prosecutor from Mesa County

Illinois prosecutors Monday dismissed charges against a former Mesa County deputy district attorney when a key witness couldn’t be found for trial.

Kristin L. Knotts, 34, most recently of Springfield, Ill., was slated for a jury trial starting Monday in Springfield on charges including three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

State’s Attorney John Milhiser on Wednesday said his office moved to continue the start of the trial because Knotts’ alleged victim failed to appear and couldn’t be reached or located by his staff.

A judge denied a request to delay the trial, and charges were dropped, Milhiser said.

Knotts, a 2002 Denver School of Law graduate, was hired in August 2006 as a deputy Mesa County prosecutor and had been handling methamphetamine-related cases before she resigned in November 2008.

Knotts was indicted by a grand jury in Sangamon County, Ill., in July 2009 on allegations she performed sexual acts with a boy who was at least 13 but younger than 17.

The grand jury’s indictment alleged the sexual acts happened between June 1 and June 12, 2009.

She was arrested in August that year but remained free on bond pending trial.


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