FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Morgantown Police Department Responds to Incident
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - On Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, an incident involving an adult male taking pictures of a juvenile male in a restroom was reported to the Morgantown Police Department. The incident occurred during a youth basketball event at Morgantown High School.
An off-duty officer present at the event located and detained the suspect until uniformed officers arrived on scene. Officers identified the suspect as John Alexander Knoll Jr., 21 years-of-age of Annapolis, MD.
Detectives subsequently began an investigation into Knoll and located another victim of a similar incident that occurred two weeks prior on Sunday, Oct. 3. That incident also took place in a restroom at Morgantown High School and occurred during a youth basketball event.
On Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, officers from the Morgantown Police Department arrested Knoll at his residence at Vandalia Apartments in Morgantown. Knoll was charged with two counts of use of minors in filming sexually explicit conduct. Knoll was arraigned in Monongalia County Magistrate Court where his bail was set at $50,000.
These incidents remain under investigation and anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Morgantown Police Department Detective Division at 304-284-7454.