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Former student of Knotts speaks out about sexual abuse

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A former student of the Huntsville teacher accused of molesting students is sharing her experiences in Harvey Knotts' class.

Meanwhile, Knotts remains in the Madison County Jail charged with ten counts of sexual abuse.

With her mom's permission, we spoke to a 9-year-old student who says some kids were treated special.

This student, up to two months ago was in Harvey Knotts fourth grade class at McDonnell Elementary School.
   
She moved schools because her family moved.

When she saw the image of fourth grade teacher Harvey Knotts on the news, it caught her attention.

"I was just surprised cause I just never thought he would do something like that."

We've concealed her identity because what she is shocking.

She admits, she was never touched inappropriately by Knotts and she never saw anything out of the ordinary, except for something that sounds anything but ordinary.

"He would call students up to his desk and just hold on to them and just start feeling on her hips and everything else."

She told me her classmates just considered certain students as Mr. Knotts "favorites."

She identified one student in particular, a name we have withheld as one of the victims listed in court documents as one student Knotts would allow to do her work at his desk.

She also says he would keep specific students back in the classroom while others would go to P.E. or lunch.

I spoke to her mother who is also shocked over the allegations against Harvey Knotts.

She says you send your children off to school thinking they are in good hands.

"They are scared to go back home and tell anything because they think its alright and it is not alright," said the mother.

The 9-year-old student told WAFF that after seeing her former teacher in handcuffs, she is thinking twice about trusting teachers from now on.

"It's taking my trust away from all the other teachers I have now," she added.

The mother of this child says she plans on helping with the investigation and is even willing for her daughter to give her testimony.


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