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Two of the former officers of the police department in Louisville, Ky., within the prison. The mentoring program that they use for sexual pursuit of minors, it is no longer in operation. Months of its guilty means, however, that the population of the city is still waiting for a fair and honest accounting of the department’s investigation into the officers’ crimes.
The Louisville Metro Police Department, which initially denied a request for records to the Courier-Journal. Now, the company can be mandated to be run for thousands of documents related to an internal investigation after the state attorney general has ruled that their denial violated state law.
The records that are related to the two former officers, Kenneth Betts, and Brandon Wood, who are accused of using their position as a mentor in the department’s Youth Explorer program in order to sexual desire, exploitation and abuse in teenage participants.
The scandal is that Fox News is detailed at length in a recently-released podcast, the Derby City area. The department’s handling of the internal investigation into the officers’ actions, was reviewed by local legislators and the news media. According to the former officials we spoke with, and the scandal contributed to a drop in morale, and the difficulty in keeping good officers from leaving the department.
Betts, 35, was convicted and sentenced to 16 years in federal prison on a charge of seduction of a minor, child pornography, both of which involved his children, that he had been assigned to a mentor. Wood, 33, is serving five years for sexual abuse of a teenage girl he met in the program. Both are at the center of the scandal that has grown to be much more than just two officers.
A former Louisville Metro Police Officer Kenneth Betts, in a mugshot photo. Betts is serving 16 years for a sexual crime against a minor.
In exclusive interviews with Fox News, according to the official records of the court of auditors, as obtained in our study, Betts is accused of exchanging explicit photos in an attempt to force sex, and even rape of children and the Youth Explorer program. He resigned from the department at the end of 2014, and has recently pleaded guilty to sex abuse charges in state and federal courts.
Nor Beets, Timber, and their attorneys, provided comments and / or make themselves available for an interview with Fox News, in spite of multiple attempts to reach them. One of the victims, however, was ready and willing to share their story.
A former Louisville Metro Police Officer Brandon Wood in a mug shot. The wood has been serving five years for attempting to entice a minor to have sex.
“C. C. F.” it is one of the seven former Explorer cadets to come forward in civil lawsuits filed against a number of current and retired officers of the LMPD, as well as local and national organizations that are responsible for the local Youth to the Explorer section.
F. it is a story that illustrates a pattern of grooming, coercion, and sexual violence, and by Betts, as well as a lack of accountability, and it may even be a co-ordinated cover-up by the police leadership.
“It was all over, like a friendly conversation,” C. F. said of his relationship with Betts. “He would ask for nude photos. To ask for favors. That sort of thing. The question is whether or not I would want to go to work, the data, or do ride-alongs with him.”
The Claims of the sexually explicit text messages and inappropriate things to do during the ride-alongs, field trips, during which the cadets would take part in, officers on patrol in their vehicles, which have been a recurring theme in Louisville, ky and is similar to Explorer’s “scandals” in the country as a whole.
When the C. C. F. and the “N. C.”), a former Explorer cadet, who also lodged a complaint and were between the ages of 15 and 17, C. F., said: “Betts has escalated its search for the teens.
C. F. said to be a night, the Beets took hold of him, and the N. C. C. in his patrol vehicle and, under the pretext that the Time was just to get him to help move the paperwork from the office to the home. After they are done with their tasks, he offered the children alcohol, and began “come on” to them in unwanted ways.
“I have had it for about two or three [drinks], and I had a lot of hard. And then he went back to his room, and started off with our clothes and pushed us onto the bed.”
— C. and F., plaintiff,
C. F. said that he was forced, under pressure, through the power of Beets is about the ambitions and the capabilities of the program, and, therefore, was reluctant to sign up.
“I have had it for about two or three [drinks], and I had a lot of hard. And then he went back to his room, and started off with our clothes and pushed us onto the bed,” C. F. said. “And from there it led to the adoption of our oral sex life, and of giving him oral sex. And it led to him penetrating me, and the N. C.
About an hour after the alleged rape, C. F., said, Betts took over the Slaughter house and let them be alone for a while. However, the C. C. F. he said to the officer of the sexual chase and followed the teen to the adult.
In the cases of several other LMPD officers are accused of negligence, when the height of the sexual misconduct by public officials, as Betts and Wood, and the Youth Explorer program.
Retired Maj. Curtis and Flaherty has been accused of turning a blind eye to sexual misconduct in the program. He has been appointed in each of the seven court cases is clear.
This is, in essence, [Flaherty’s] a baby,” Tad Thomas, the lead attorney in each of the civil cases, said. “What it looks like, on the basis of the people we have spoken to and what I’m thinking is that we can work together in the discovery that Mr. Flaherty did what Betts and Wood, and to do it in.”
Flaherty started out in the Youth Explorer program at Louisville, and coached Betts when he was a cadet. Thomas said that the trio of Flaherty, Beets and Wood, and, secondly, a series of mock responsibility for the abuse on to bloom for many years.
“What it looks like, on the basis of the people we have spoken to and what I’m thinking is that we can work together in the discovery that Mr. Flaherty did what Betts and Wood, and to do it in.”
— Tad in Thomas, the claimant, attorney at law
According to Thomas, Betts’ victims would report their abuse out of Wood, which, however, in their concern to Flaherty, which she would have to be dead on arrival. The same thing reportedly happened in the opposite order, with the stick of the victims, as is Betts.
Lee Sitlinger, Flaherty’s attorney, said he expects the court to establish the allegations of negligence in civil litigation.
“He has co-operated with the investigation. He has explanations for all of the investigation of the case,” Sitlinger said. “He was a very safe and secure program.”
Flaherty held a dual role within the department. He walked over to the Explorer program, whereas the control on the LMPD Public Integrity Unit of the department, which is responsible for in-house studies. Louisville Metro Council President David James, who is a former police officer, said Flaherty’s posts in the department have a clear conflict of interest.
“So, the matter was under investigation,” said James. “During the investigation, the company’s chief authorized officer, as Betts is to resign from the police department. And as soon as the resignation took place, he closed the investigation.”
“There was never any work to be done in order to find out if there are any other victims in the Explorer program.”
— David James, Louisville Metro Council President
Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad joined in the business by exception, which means that the department declined to pursue charges after the officer tendered his resignation. Betts resigned in 2014, and without any of the sexual misconduct notice on his record, and went on to work as a code enforcement officer at a nearby police station, from 2015 to 2017.
A spokesperson of the Chief, Conrad, declined to comment, citing the ongoing investigations, and pending litigation.
“There was never any work to be done in order to find out if there are any other victims in the Explorer program,” said James.
James, to believe Betts has left the board during 2014 was to be the catalyst for the scandal and its cover-up. Chief Conrad allowed Betts to leave without a thorough investigation, he failed to act responsibly on the victims’ behalf, James said.
James said nothing had prepared him for what investigators found when they searched the Wood in the home, in 2016.
“I was told that they would have a video tape of an Officer of the Betts and Officer of the Wood to kill the Time,” said James. “I was a little shocked by that.”
These findings are confirmed in a civil lawsuit filed against the police officers, but the FBI and a private investigator hired by the Louisville Metro Government has not yet confirmed the existence of the video.
REPORT: LOUISVILLE, KY AND IN SEXUAL ABUSE CASE
In the first trial, pushed up the James to get to the city leadership to throw deputy Mayor Ellen Hesen, to contact us outside of law enforcement to investigate the allegations.
“I told you, I really do think that we need to have an outside law enforcement agency to investigate, as the chief features of a number of exposure to it,” said James. “He can’t investigate himself, and then declare themselves done nothing wrong.”
James said, hall was reluctant to get in touch with the FBI or the state police, instead of opting for the hire of Kerry Harvey, a former U.S. attorney to lead the investigation.
Originally hired for $50,000 or more, the cost of Harvey’s work grew to a total of $140,000. After months and months of delay, the report, which was released in June of 2018. James was not impressed, calling the report “not so deep” in the results. The others in the town, and took issue with the study, especially since Harvey himself would later admit that he was not allowed to interview a lot of people are at the heart of the case, such as Wood, Beets, current LMPD officers, and the Public Integrity Unit’s staff members.
“The concealment of the documents by the general public is not going to be for our city to be able to cure what may or may not have happened. And it will not allow the general public to know or understand what is happening.”
— David James, Louisville Metro Council President
Harvey’s report found no evidence of wrongdoing by the mayor or the police leadership. The mayor’s office said in a statement that Her rent and she was responsible be dealt with the investigation of the accusations against him.
The Derby City, the public was restored to a semblance of justice: two officers are in jail for a year for sexual crimes against a teen mentee. Still, in the civil dispute to be dealt with in the LMPD is trying to stonewall the requests for transparency, many questions remain, not the least of which as the Chief Conrad will do this for moral uplift.
“[It’s] another example of this would be done if this does not happen, and when it is, in fact, it did,” said James. “The concealment of the documents by the general public is not going to be for our city to be able to cure what may or may not have happened. And it will not allow the general public to know or understand what is happening.”
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