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CrimeKenneth Betts plea deal in LMPD sex abuse case rejected by judge

18:26  23 may  2019
18:26  23 may  2019 Source:   courier-journal.com

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Judge rejects plea deal in LMPD Explorer sex abuse case , saying sentence 'not acceptable'. Matthew Glowicki, Louisville Courier Journal U.S. District Judge David Hale said Thursday that the degree to which Kenneth Betts ' plea agreement deviated from sentencing guidelines “is not

A federal judge has rejected former LMPD Officer Kenneth Betts ’ plea deal in the Explorer sex abuse scandal. Betts ' federal case involves four victims and his state case involves two other victims, a prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney's Office said in court.

A federal judge rejected the plea deal of a former police officer charged in the Explorer program sex abuse scandal, saying the punishment was too lenient.

U.S. District Court Judge David Hale said Thursday that the degree to which the plea agreement deviated from sentencing guidelines “is not acceptable to this court.”

Kenneth Betts, a former Louisville Metro police officer, pleaded guilty to federal enticement and child pornography charges in December 2018.

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Former LMPD officer Kenneth Betts has been sentenced to 16 years in federal prison for his role in the Youth The second former Louisville Metro police officer involved in a sex abuse scandal has been sentenced to A federal judge rejected a plea deal for Betts in May, stating it was too lenient. Betts

Plea deals have now been rejected for both former Louisville Metro officers accused of involvement in a Judge rejects plea deal in LMPD Explorer sex abuse case , calls it unacceptable. A federal judge denied the deal Tuesday without explanation. A new deal was quickly presented and Wood

Betts and the government reached a deal, calling for him to serve 10 to 15 years in prison, but Hale noted in a hearing two weeks ago that federal sentencing guidelines call for a sentence of 27 years.

With the plea agreement rejected, Betts will now need to decide whether to withdraw his guilty plea and possibly strike a new deal with prosecutors or stick with his plea and face a possible harsher sentence by Hale.

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He’s scheduled to be back in court Aug. 14.

Previously: Kenneth Betts fired from suburban city patrol job in Rolling Hills

Betts began as a recruit with the department in February 2006.

Seven years earlier, he had joined the Explorer program as a youth. He later would become an adviser in the program.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky., (WDRB) – A federal judge has rejected a plea deal offered to Kenneth Betts , one of two former Louisville Metro Police officers accused of sexually abusing teens In the meantime, both sides submitted motions to the judge making their case for the proposed sentence of 15 years.

Judge delays Betts ' sentencing in Explorer sex scandal, saying penalty may be too lenient. The sentencing of Kenneth Betts , one of the ex- Louisville Metro Police officers accused of abusing teens in the department ’s now defunct Explorer Scout program, was delayed Friday when a federal judge

He resigned in March 2014 following an internal police department investigation into possible "improper contact" between him and a teenage girl in the program

Reporter Matthew Glowicki can be reached at 502-582-4989 or mglowicki@courier-journal.com. Support strong local journalism by subscribing today: courier-journal.com/mattg.

This article originally appeared on Louisville Courier Journal: Kenneth Betts plea deal in LMPD sex abuse case rejected by judge

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