Grant loves his daughter and desperately wants to be a part of her life.
He wants to provide her a stable healthy environment in which she can
flourish as a person, but to date he has been denied all rights by his
ex-wife and the courts. Having faced lies and withheld evidence during
a custody hearing in 2003, Grant lost his parental custody status of
his daughter Jessica to his ex-wife Cathy Knott. Grant was, however,
awarded visitation and was set-up on a court appointed schedule.
the ruling in 2003 Grant has seen little of his now nine-year-old daughter.
Jessica has been constantly moved around the country by her mother with
no way of contact, the only exception being a solitary cell phone number
which is rarely answered when Grant calls, and is monitored by Knott
when he is allowed to speak with his daughter.
has been denied by Knott on so many occassions that Grant filed contempt
charges in 2004 citing Knott's continued violation of the court appointed
schedule, and the lack of any contact information for Jessica's physical
contempt filing was quashed in a "back room deal" between
Grant's then attorney, Terry McLaughlin, his ex-wife's attorney, Joseph
Penna, and Polk County, OR Judge Horner where all of Grant's evidence
was dismissed. The ruling left Grant legally powerless to enact his
court appointed right of visitation with his daughter and Jessica has
now been taken by Knott to Anchor Point, Alaska. Grant has been denied
a physical address of residence and even where, if anywhere, Jessica
is attending school.
a statement, received by the US~Observer from Grant, he outlines the
history of his case, "I met Cathy Knott in 1994 and we were married
in 1995. Cathy already had two boys from a previous marriage (Josh and
Daniel). Jessica, our beautiful daughter, was born in 1996."
went on to say that shortly after Jessica was born Knott demanded that
she be named as a joint owner of the Grant Family Ranch, something Grant
had informed her prior to their marriage couldn't happen. That according
to the terms of the ancestral will the property could only be passed
down to Grant and his brother's heirs. According to Grant she became
furious and broke into his private office and inventoried its contents.
we had first met Cathy had told me that she was divorced and that her
ex-husband was an abusive, violent man, but throughout our time together
I learned that she in fact had not been divorced when we first became
involved and that what she had told me about her ex-husband wasn't true.
I also learned that she suffered from manic depression, and at one point
attempted suicide. She randomly displayed fits of explosive anger and
at one point ripped a mounted hunting trophy from the wall smashing
it to the floor. Because of all this we went to many marriage counselors
over the years, but to no avail." he recalled.
to Grant, Knott secretly sent their daughter Jessica to see a child
psychologist by the name of Dr. Bryce Downey in Corvallis, OR for a
period of several years and Grant feels that it was done in preparation
for a planned future divorce and custody battle.
cites a trend by Knott to capitalize on situations by making false assertions.
At one point Knott's oldest son Josh assaulted Grant by hitting him
in the face and threatening him with a knife. Grant stated, "Somehow
I was able to get the knife away from him as Cathy ran screaming into
the room threatening to get even with me if I called the police."
He continued, "In an attempt to diffuse the whole situation I took
the two younger children, Daniel and Jessica, to the lake for a few
hours. I later learned that Cathy took Josh to the hospital with a contrived
story that I had attacked him. Later, I approached Cathy about getting
Josh the emotional help that he seemed to need and she seemed open to
the suggestion. Feeling better about the situation I left to do some
grocery shopping and when I returned I found that Cathy was gone with
all of the children. She had left a note that stated that I was the
one who needed help. She didn't tell me where she was going. I thought
about calling the police, but didn't, thinking it would only make matters
worse. They didn't come home for several days."
September 11, 2001 Grant rushed home to be with his family, stopping
by to pick up Jessica from school but she was not there and he was informed
that she hadn't been there for several days. Rushing home in a panic
he found Knott packing the car and it seemed clear to him that she intended
to leave with the children once again. Once in the house Josh accosted
Grant and a conflict ensued. "The worst thing I did that day was
lose my temper, and this I regret very much." Grant says.
had called the police and Grant was arrested and taken to jail. By the
time he was released Knott had changed all of the locks on their property,
thrown out the caretakers, bad-mouthed Grant saying that he had sexually
assaulted Josh, and started to empty the house. For Grant that was the
last straw and he filed for divorce.
and pleading, Knott offered to work everything out and Grant, loving
his family, agreed. As soon as his petition was dropped, Cathy Knott
filed for divorce in Polk County, not even the county of their residence,
but the county of a sympathetic judge, William Horner.
hired Joseph Penna from Monmouth, Oregon to represent her during the
divorce and custody proceedings. During the proceedings, Jessica's child
psychologist, Downey, who had never met Grant, was called as an expert
witness testifying that Grant was an unfit parent.
Penna badgered my family and friends on the witness stand. He dredged
up everyone he could find with whom I had ever had any disagreement.
He pulled up all the stops in his efforts to make me out as a deranged
monster." Grant recalled.
lies told in court and the withholding of my evidence showing Cathy
having knowledge of her son Josh and hired assistant Aaron Webb viewing
child and adult pornography while our daughter Jessica was present was
amazing. I had signed confessions from both stating they had done this!
My evidence showed that my daughter was in danger when in the care of
her mother." Grant said.
Horner ordered Grant to pay more than $40,000.00 to Knott, and awarded
her with custody of Jessica.
thereafter Knott moved with Jessica to Little Rock, Arkansas where Jessica
missed a great deal of time in school with unexplained absences. Even
though the court ordered that Grant should receive all information regarding
the whereabouts of his daughter he never received any more than a phone
number which is sporadically answered. He's even had the police called
to harass him when he has gotten a chance to see his daughter.
with Knott now having taken Jessica to Alaska, and the court dismissing
its own previously appointed "schedule" it is unclear if Grant
will ever get to be that integral part in his daughters life that he
longs to be.
closing Grant said, "I think any parent who loves their child would
be as concerned as I am. I am asking anyone who can help me ... Please.
Even if you think that you probably can't make a difference ...call,
write, pray, anything."
Note: Should you have information regarding the exact whereabouts of
Jessica Grant or Cathy Knott, please contact the US~Observer at 541-474-7885.
We believe that they are near Anchor Point, Alaska and that Jessica
is not attending school.