Update: Former Wichita County adult probation officer sentenced; Purchase of a child charge dropped

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UPDATE: July 9, 2020 12:59 p.m.

On Thursday morning  Lakisha McKnight was sentenced in a plea bargain to 5 years probation, a $500 fine and 80 hours of community service on a bribery charge.

She received 8 days and a $500 fine for official oppression and will get credit for 8 days already served in jail. 

The charge of purchase of a child was dropped, as was a charge of tampering with evidence.

The biological mother of the child McKnight adopted said she does not believe justice was served in this case, not only for her, but for other clients she said were victimized in the probation office.

Brenda Velasquez said she was never informed in advance of the plea deal nor invited to attend the plea.

She believes McKnight got off very lightly in view of the injustices she committed.

District Attorney John Gillespie said McKnight will pay for the crime by not being able to get a job in any position of trust or public service, and if she does not complete her 5 years probation, she could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison.

Stay tuned to KFDX and posted to Texoma’s Homepage for further updates and comments by both Gillespie and McKnight.

“I certainly did consider Ms. Velasquez in this case but it was a broader picture with what had happened at the probation department,” Gillespie said.

“The defendant in this case Ms. McKnight had no criminal history and with all things considered this secures a felony conviction and and she’ll be a convicted felon as a result of it with a significant sentence there she also is convicted with official oppression, both of those convictions will prevent her from ever working in any kind of position of public trust,” Gillespie said.

WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — A former Wichita County Adult Probation Officer accused of abusing her office in convincing a probationer to sell her baby to her may have some charges dismissed in a proposed plea bargain.

A motion was also filed Tuesday to change the wording on her indictment to remove reference to the child.

Lakisha Nicole McKnight is scheduled to enter a plea tomorrow on her charge of sell or purchase of a child. Her indictment lists three other charges.

A proposed plea bargain for bribery would give McKnight a 5 year probated sentence, with up to 10 years in prison if she violates the terms. It also has a fine of $500 and 80 hours of community service.

A charge of official oppression would be settled with time served in jail and a $500 fine. A tampering with evidence charge would be dismissed.

Also on Tuesday, a motion to discontinue the requirement for McKnight to wear a GPS ankle monitor was granted.

The motion to change the indictment would simply state McKnight used her official office to deny the probationer her rights and privileges instead of stating deny her parental rights to her child.

McKnight was one of several adult probation office employees and supervisors who were charged, fired or who quit amid an investigation last year into misconduct, some of it sexual.

They said McKnight used bribes and coercion to force the probationer she supervised to let her adopt her baby when it was born.

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