Miami prosecutors have dropped charges against a Nicklaus Children’s Hospital pediatric surgeon who was accused of snooping on his ex-girlfriend by logging onto her online home security camera feed.
The state concluded that it could not prove at trial that Dr. Colin Knight logged onto the woman’s security feed without her authorization. He had been charged with multiple felony counts of unauthorized access to a a computer.
“He’s looking forward to getting back to doing what he does best: serving the children of the community,” said his defense lawyer, Alex Fox.
Knight, 49, has been a surgeon with Nicklaus Children’s since 2007, and is a fellow with the American College of Surgeons and the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Surgery. He also is an advocate for “robot-enhanced” surgeries. He is also known for charitable work.
The story of his arrest first appeared in the Miami Herald. His ex is Grace Carricarte, a licensed mental-health therapist and University of Miami professor who later took her story public with CNN and NBC Miami.
Knight was charged in February after prosecutors said he secretly watched her camera feeds showing real-time footage of her living and family rooms. The supposed snooping went on for months, most of the time when they were together, then for a brief time after they had broken up.
The woman claimed she never gave Knight permission to log onto camera feeds hundreds of times through the website of the security company ADT.
But Fox said she wasn’t truthful. They found witnesses who said she had given him permission. That included a personal trainer who testified that Carricarte, during a session at her home, waved to the cameras in case in case “Colin is watching.”
“Personally,this has destroyed his life and his reputation,” Fox said. “This shows you the power of a lie.”
A lawyer representing the victim blamed the vaguely written state law governing authorization to access computers, and said Carricarte “was disappointed with the decision.”
“We stand firm, he never had consent to access her cameras,” said attorney Robin Pimentel.