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Mayor Calls in FBI After Multiple Cops in Dept Accused of Raping Children

Louisville, KY — Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer called allegations of sexual abuse and rape by police officers of children in the department’s Youth Explorer program “our worst nightmare” — and has now appealed to the FBI to open an investigation.

“If there has been an injustice,” asserted the mayor, “it will be remedied.”

A previous probe into the accusations by the Louisville Metro Police will also be subject to inquiry by former U.S. Attorney Kerry Harvey, whom Fischer hired to determine whether “errors were made” — including by top cop, Police Chief Steve Conrad.

“The allegations surrounding the Explorer program, if true, represent unacceptable conduct involving children, and the citizens of Louisville deserve to know what happened,” Harvey avowed.

Saying the FBI would have to determine whether or not to answer the call to investigate, Harvey surmised from news reports the allegations might constitute a federal violation of civil rights.

According to local NBC affiliate LEX18, “A lawsuit filed on behalf of a participant in the Youth Explorer program charges that his alleged rape by Officers Kenneth Betts and Brandon Wood was ‘concealed’ by department officials. Betts and Wood are accused of sexually assaulting the participant from 2011 through 2013 and recording the incidents to make pornography.”

David Yates, an attorney for the victim, noted the allegations — the now-22-year-old victim says officers used their position of authority to engage him in sexual acts when he was under the age of 18 — constitute third-degree statutory rape.

Betts had also been under investigation for alleged “improper contact” with a teenaged girl in the Explorer program — until Conrad ended it upon the officer’s resignation in 2014. Alarmingly, given the nature of the allegations, Wood remains active on the force, albeit in a limited, administrative capacity.

Conrad reportedly said he’s “dying” to discuss the case publicly, but has been barred from doing so by a court order sealing the lawsuit. Both the City of Louisville and the Courier-Journal have filed requests to unseal the case, which Fischer predicts will occur next week.

“Obviously I called for all the case to be unsealed so all the facts can be known on this,” said the mayor, who also termed the allegations “appalling.” “So to me it’s all about transparency and accountability. So I’m looking at all kind of options here.”

Unsealing the lawsuit, in this case, comes with mitigating circumstances — particularly given the age of the victim at the time of the alleged rapes.

“Yates said he doesn’t oppose unsealing the lawsuit as long as anything that identifies the victim is blacked out,” WAVE3 reports. “But Yates also said unsealing the lawsuit is not a simple process because all parties need to agree to it being unsealed, including LMPD Major Curtis Flaherty, who is being accused of failing to prevent the abuse from happening.”

With heightened attention given to the multi-pronged Youth Explorer investigation, the mayor faltered a bit when asked whether he retained confidence in the police chief, saying, “what is important is to get to the truth, and I think he agrees with that” — but ultimately backed Conrad.

David James, James Peden, and nine other council members had called for an outside agency to take up the investigation. James contended the probe must expand far beyond law enforcement, particularly as former police commanders now populate Fischer’s administration.

“It’s important we not just limit it to the police department, but knowing who knew what when, and wherever that goes is important,” James asserted, according to the Courier-Journal.

Pleased Fischer had turned to the FBI for assistance, Peden nonetheless expressed ambivalence toward Harvey’s involvement — and questioned the cost of bringing on board a former U.S. Attorney.

“I’ve been doing this long enough to know if you hire someone to do studies or investigate, they come up with results you wanted them to find in the first place,” the councilman remarked. “I think that’s a waste of money.”

According to the Courier-Journal, both James and Peden discussed the Youth Explorer program with Chief Conrad weeks before the filing of the lawsuit, and — based on information from within the police department — further allegations are likely.

In the meantime, one former officer accused of raping a minor boy walks completely free of punishment — as if rescinding the uniform, badge, and gun of the State absolves an individual of responsibility for any abhorrent behavior occurring on the taxpayer’s dime.

Worse, the second cop remains a paid and active employee — again, thanks to the taxpayers — though, granted, whatever the desk work, it likely won’t put him in direct contact with children.

The FBI has not yet given a statement in answer to the mayor’s request.

With the unsealing of the lawsuit anticipated as early as next week, this explosive case appears poised to bring the Louisville Metro Police under a piercing microscope. Peden noted,

“If anything, [Mayor Fischer] finally realizes this has now extended beyond the boundaries of just a bad police officer.”

  • Mark Skinner

    “If there has been an injustice, it will be remedied ?” Sorry but damage to a person who has suffered such trauma is unlikely to ever be the same person again. Usually the experience will stay with them for life, also usually damaging future relationships of any kind. It cannot be “remedied”.

    • Anonymous

      Right. How do you remedy a destroyed life?

      • The Cat’s Vagina

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  • palvadore

    I don’t know what’s more surprising;
    -that the Mayor would report his cops to the FBI
    -or that the FBI would finally get off their asses and investigate criminal cops!

    The families may want to watch their backs. Neither the police nor the FBI have proven trustwarthy when cops are the accused.

  • mew

    You mean to tell me that actual pedophiles spend time in prison for their crimes and police officers get to commit crimes against children and still get paid for it? Those superiors at the time need to be prosecuted and placed in jail for hiding criminal acts. Where is Trump when you need him? Oh that’s right his first lady is a former porn star…I wonder how they met. Most likely our politicians are responsible for current child porn rings and most likely Trump know who they are which gives the reasoning for lowering the age of consensual sex to the age of 13 to further increase the profits from child pornography…

    • FiuToYou

      Hey mew::// If nobody has ever called you an ass-hole before, I’d be very VERY surprised!!!!

    • Mark Skinner

      Well said mew.

  • Mark Skinner

    Interfering with a child is SPIRITUAL MURDER.

  • Edward C

    Let me get this straight…. If I sexually abuse an under ager i go prison… But if some cop asshole who didn’t go to college does it.. there’s years of hemming and hawing… 😑👌 “heroes”
    When’s the last time a “good” cop busted one of these “bad apples”
    Never happens…
    Y’all are full of 💩

    • Toddy Lane

      Edward, you just told them all they’re full of ice cream lol.

  • tom browne

    feebies got plenty of pervs so be careful what you ask for. putting cops and kids in cars is a damn stupid idea considering they have guns cuffs and are compulsive liars and thugs.
    y’all need a “Perv Squad ”
    with a special jail in which the pervs can be placed for life. because there aint no cure.

  • Hubert Harrison

    A bunch of white cops are accused of raping teenagers and nobody, except myself, is pointing out the race of the offender. The race of the offender is not important per se, but if this was an article talking about a young black man committing a crime people in the comment section would make his race conspicuous and make all black men responsible. Namely, when a white person commits a crime, for example these white cops raping a minor, the color of their skin is irrelevant. But, a black person commit a crime and you will have people talking about “black crime”.

    • Gary Smith

      This is a story about children being raped, and you’re mad because they’re white and no one is calling them out for white crime? That’s really disgusting and pathetic. Good luck with life, dude.

      • Hubert Harrison

        First, who said that I was angry? I know for a fact that the tone of my original comment didn’t convey angry. So from where did you get that false idea? Probably, yourself idiot. You know what is really disgusting and pathetic, when a story that involves one black individual turns into how blackness is dangerous. And whoever have black skin is equally dangerous.

        • Gary Smith

          Not angry. Okay. Is it fair to say that your main concern after reading the article was the race of the offenders, and not the offense?

          This story has nothing to do with race. That’s why no one, except you, is pointing out the race of the offender. It’s not relevant.

          • Hubert Harrison

            My main concern with the story is not about the color of the skin of those officers, but how people are not making the color of the skin of those officers conspicuous. I made that point quite clear in my original comment. You’re correct that this story has nothing to do with race, but if this was a story about a black individual, then all of a sudden the race of the individual is important to the story. If you wasn’t such an emotional fool, then you would of understood my point. It seems to me that the color of the skin of anybody in any story is irrelevant when the individual is white, otherwise it’s important.

          • Gary Smith

            No one is making the color of their skin conspicuous because it is not relevant. Children being raped is relevant. I don’t know how else to get that across to you so I won’t try again.

            Here’s a story about a black and a Hispanic. Please point out the comments talking about their race.


            Here’s a story about a black cop assaulting a black child. Please point out the comments talking about their race.


          • Hubert Harrison

            I will explain to you for the second time, I’m not interested in the color of the sk8n of the cops. I’m interested in how nobody is making it conspicuous, are you fucking stupid? This just confirms to me that white thugs race is irrelevant, but a black individual who commits a crime race is relevant. I made my position clear.

          • Gary Smith

            Your comment: “My main concern with the story is not about the color of the skin of those officers, but how people are not making the color of the skin of those officers conspicuous.”

            My reply: “No one is making the color of their skin conspicuous because it is not relevant.”

            So who’s fucking stupid? You have no argument, man. You’re embarrassing yourself, but please continue – It’s entertaining if nothing else.

          • Hubert Harrison

            I laid out my argument in my original comment. It is you who fails to understand it. And you’re still oblivious to what I’m arguing. So, yes you’re fucking stupid. Please continue ignoring my actual ARGUMENT.

          • Gary Smith

            Wow. Just wow.

            What’s really sad and disturbing is that you read an article about children being raped, and you’re more concerned about irrelevant racial bullshit.

            Again, good luck in life, dude.

          • Hubert Harrison

            What is really sad is you ignoring what I actual said, I don’t care about race of the officers, even after I repeatedly told you otherwise. I made my argument quite clear and up to this point you wasted your life by not directly addressing it.