Host of Mt. Shasta B&B arrested on sexual battery charges

MT. SHASTA, Calif. — Authorities say a sexual battery investigation involving a Mt. Shasta B&B led to the  arrest of the location’s keeper/host on Tuesday, May 18.

Officials say they do not believe this was the first incident involving the alleged suspect and have asked for potential victims with more information and details about the man’s reported criminal activities to come forward.

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The Mount Shasta Police Department began their investigation around 2 p.m. on May 16th when a woman reported she was sexually assaulted by David Roy Knowles, 73, the keeper/host of the Shasta MountInn Retreat & Spa on Birch Street, Mt. Shasta Police Department said yesterday in a social media release.

The B&B features a Victorian-era farmhouse that was built in 1904 by master carpenter and then-Mayor of Mount Shasta, Richie Edson. The B&B also offers a sauna and massage services, which are provided by Knowles. According to the B&B’s website, which has since been taken down, Knowles purchased the farm about 16 years ago and later opened the home as a B&B in 2005. All other social media accounts related to the B&B have also been taken offline since Knowles’ arrest.

After further investigation, on May 18th, officials arrested Knowles and he was booked into Siskiyou County Jail for sexual battery and other related charges, according to officials.

“The investigation is currently ongoing and it is believed that this is not the first incident,” officials have since explained; adding that if you or anyone you know was victimized by Knowles while staying at or visiting the MountInn Retreat & Spa to contact their department at (530) 926-7540.



Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

Trevor Montgomery, 49, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS).

Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County-based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network and has had his stories featured on news stations throughout the Southern California and North State regions.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 30 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 18 grandchildren.

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