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Jeffersontown man charged with sexual abuse of foster son

Lyle "Craig" Kenobbie (Source: LMDC) Lyle "Craig" Kenobbie (Source: LMDC)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Louisville Metro Police say a 55-year-old employee of Boys' Haven walked into police headquarters and confessed to ongoing sexual abuse of his foster child.

Lyle "Craig" Kenobbie from Jeffersontown is charged with four counts of sodomy and two counts of sexual abuse. He was arrested late Tuesday.

LMPD Officer Carey Klain said Kenobbie turned himself in after that agency and child protective services opened an investigation based on the 17 year old foster son's complaint.

"There were detectives that had gone to Mr. Kenobbie's home to just verify if there were any children in the home," Klain said.

Klain said the boy was not Kenobbie's first foster child.

"We are unaware of any other victims," she said. "Certainly the detectives will be following up with those individuals that have been in the care previously."

In an arrest report, police say Kenobbie stated that he both fondled and engaged in oral and anal intercourse with the child and had the child do the same to him.

The arrest report lists Kenobbie's employer as Boys' Haven, a non-profit organization in Louisville that works with abused, neglected or abandoned children. 

Jeff Hadley, the CEO of Boys and Girls Haven, released the following statement:

"We are saddened by the allegations against Mr. Kenobbie, and we accepted his resignation last night. For more than 60 years, Boys and Girls Haven has been deeply committed to protecting thousands of vulnerable children. We absolutely do not tolerate any behavior, alleged or substantiated, that compromises that trust. Mr. Kenobbie had been a long-time employee, serving as a food services supervisor. Three months ago, he became a foster parent after completing a battery of background checks. Our thoughts and concerns are with the young person involved. We will continue to work cooperatively with state child-welfare officials and law-enforcement personnel in this matter."

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