Christopher Knox, a former Ontario police officer who sent naked photos of a woman from a seized cellphone to his friends and stole a sex toy from another call on the job, was sentenced to a conditional sentence this week.
Knox, who was a former constable with the Waterloo Region Police Service, also admitted to trying to cover up the case by asking fellow officers to destroy evidence of the photos he’d sent them.
He was sentenced to nine months to serve at his home in a small community just west of the southwestern Ontario city, after he pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and breach of trust by a public officer.
The judge cited that Knox had suffered much already, with the loss of his job, declaration of bankruptcy and the breakdown of his marriage.
According to police, the four-and-a-half-year veteran of the force “used a personal electronic device to photograph an individual without their knowledge.”
Court heard that involved one case in which Knox seized a cellphone of a man charged with mischief. He found naked photos of the man’s girlfriend on the phone and sent them to fellow offers with comments.
On another police call, Knox stole a dildo from a home that had been broken into and took a photo of it on his sergeant’s cruiser.
Another time, he photographed nude photos of a man that had been taken for a modeling portfolio and sent them to his friends, reportedly commenting that it was the man’s Christmas card.
While on another call, he sent photos of a naked, passed-out man.
Knox was also sentenced to counselling and 50 hours of community work.
A fellow officer, Jeff Vongkhamphou, received a suspended sentence, one year’s probation and 100 hours of community service work for his role in disposing evidence.