Media Release: INDICTMENTS RETURNED IN LMPD EXPLORER CASES

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Seal of Kentucky
OFFICE OF THE COMMONWEALTH’S ATTORNEY
COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
30th JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
THOMAS B. WINE, COMMONWEALTH’S ATTORNEY

Media Release: April 12, 2017

Attention: Assignment Editor
Director of Communications:  Jeff Cooke
Office:                 (502) 595-2340 Ext. 3027
Cell / Text:        (502) 262-5809
E-mail:               jcooke@louisvilleprosecutor.com

INDICTMENTS RETURNED IN LMPD EXPLORER CASES

Today the Jefferson County Grand Jury returned an indictment against Brandon M. Wood charging him with seven counts of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree for crimes alleged to have occurred between October 1, 2011 and March 8, 2012.  The Grand Jury recommended a bond of $10,000.00.

The case has been assigned to Division Thirteen of the Jefferson Circuit Court and an arraignment has been scheduled for Monday, April 17, 2017 at 3:30 p.m. in that division. Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Chris Foster is the prosecutor.

The Jefferson County Grand Jury also returned an indictment against Kenneth R. Betts charging him with one count of Sodomy in the First Degree and one count of Sodomy in the Third Degree.  The Sodomy in the First Degree charge involves acts alleged to have occurred between April 1, 2007 and September 12, 2007 and the Sodomy in the Third Degree charge involves acts alleged to have occurred on July 26, 2012.  The Grand Jury recommended a bond of $15,000.00 in this case.

This case has been assigned to Division Two of the Jefferson Circuit Court and an arraignment is scheduled for Monday, April 17, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. in that division.   Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Chris Foster is also the prosecutor in this case.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Tom Wine commented on the indictments, stating: “My office was first notified of the allegations against these officers in October 2016 and a report from the Public Integrity Unit of the Louisville Metro Police Department regarding their preliminary findings was provided us in February of this year.  I believe that the Public Integrity Unit has conducted a thorough investigation of charges relating to these officers specifically and the LMPD Explorer program generally.  Notwithstanding these indictments, the Public Integrity Unit is continuing its investigation.  We request that any victims as yet unknown to us contact the LMPD Public Integrity Unit at (502)574-2136 or my office at (502)595-2340.”