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LMPD officer under investigation denies guilt through newly-retained attorney

(Source: WAVE 3 News) (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The LMPD officer embroiled in an investigation into possible wrongdoing with teens in a youth training program now has a lawyer.

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Brandon Wood has retained prominent criminal defense attorney Steve Schroering and is preparing to defend himself in court.

In a phone interview with WAVE 3 News on Friday, Schroering would not comment on the specifics of the allegations against Wood, and WAVE 3 News has yet to independently confirm the actions that prompted the investigation.

"He maintains his innocence of any criminal activity," Schroering said.

Schroering is one of the go-to guys for police officers accused of wrongdoing in Louisville.

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Schroering said Wood, an officer who works with teenagers in LMPD's youth Explorer program, was notified last week he was being investigated by the department's Public Integrity Unit. That's the department's criminal investigative body that looks into allegations against officers.

Wood worked in the Explorer program his entire eight years on the force and was an Explorer himself for seven years before that. But he has now been been removed from the program, and his name has been taken off the department's website.

Schroering said Wood also has been reassigned to desk duty and stripped of many of his police powers during this investigation, which is LMPD policy.

The Boy Scouts of America, which partners with the LMPD on the Explorer program, has already cut ties with Wood.

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