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CrimeLouisville police sex abuse scandal: Kenneth Betts begs for mercy

23:56  02 july  2019
23:56  02 july  2019 Source:   courier-journal.com

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Here's a quick timeline of events in the sex abuse scandal involving Louisville Metro Police 's Explorer Scout program.

Former Louisville Metro Police Officer Kenneth Betts , one of the officers at the center of the Explorer sex abuse scandal , now faces seven federal criminal charges, prosecutors announced Wednesday. A federal grand jury indicted Betts on Tuesday, though the indictment was unsealed and made public

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One of the victims of former Louisville police officer Kenneth Betts stood before a federal judge Tuesday, telling him her former Explorer program adviser shattered her dreams of becoming an officer herself.

"He was supposed to be the law, someone I could trust," she said. "For me, no amount of time will ever heal what he has taken from me."

U.S. District Court Judge David Hale heard from "Jane Doe 1" moments before sentencing Betts to 16 years in federal prison.

A tearful Betts asked Hale several times for leniency and "grace and mercy," saying he is embarrassed and ashamed of what he did and takes full responsibility.

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Timeline: How the Louisville Metro Police sex abuse scandal unfolded. The review also said investigators should have seen that Betts , a former participant in Kenneth Betts : One of two former LMPD officers accused criminally and civilly with the sexual abuse of youth in the Explorer program.

Mayor Greg Fischer has described the sex - abuse scandal engulfing the Louisville police department's Youth Explorer program as “our worst » Former Officer Kenneth Betts and current Officer Brandon Wood, the primary defendants in the lawsuit, are accused of sexually assaulting the

"I never intended to hurt anybody, even though I know I have," Betts told the court.

Betts pleaded guilty in December to seven enticement, attempted enticement and child pornography charges. The prosecution and defense ultimately agreed on a 15-year prison sentence.

Previously: Betts pleads guilty to federal enticement, child porn charges

At a May hearing, Hale rejected the plea agreement saying it deviated too much from sentencing guidelines, which he noted, on the low end, called for 27 years.

In U.S. District Court in Louisville on Tuesday, Hale accepted a revised plea agreement that proposed a 15- to 20-year prison term, settling on 16 years.

Also: Judge rejects plea deal in LMPD Explorer sex abuse case

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► Louisville police sex - abuse case unsealed by judge ►Cop visited children's hospital amid misconduct probe ►FBI opens criminal investigation ►Fischer suspends police youth program amid scandal ►Conrad ended earlier investigation into cop accused of sex abuse ►From March: Here's

The Youth Explorer sex abuse scandal in Louisville ’s police department took a major turn this week with the indictment of former Officers Kenneth Betts and Brandon Wood. Louisville police sex - abuse case unsealed by judge. Cop visited children's hospital amid misconduct probe.

Prosecutors have said in court papers that Betts met four unidentified teen victims through the Explorer program.

"Betts was persistent and graphic in his communications," Assistant U.S. Attorney Jo Lawless wrote in a sentencing memorandum. "His recurring behavior with the four minors demonstrates the significance of his sexual interest in children."

Betts is also charged in state court with sex offenses stemming from alleged abuse of youths in the Explorer program. He's set to plead guilty in the case.

This story will be updated.

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: Louisville police sex abuse scandal: Kenneth Betts begs for mercy

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