4th alleged victim files lawsuit involving LMPD Explorer program

4th alleged victim files lawsuit involving LMPD Explorer program
Kenneth Betts (left) and Brandon Wood (right) have been named in several lawsuits. (Source: LMPD)
Kenneth Betts (left) and Brandon Wood (right) have been named in several lawsuits. (Source: LMPD)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Another person has come forward with new allegations related to the Louisville Metro Police Department's Explorer Program sex abuse scandal.

WAVE 3 News confirmed a fourth lawsuit was filed Wednesday evening.

It is being brought by a former female explorer who was a minor at the time of the alleged abuse.

The lawsuit is under seal to protect the identity of the alleged victim. WAVE 3 News is told the suit only identifies her as KW, but she is the same person mentioned in documents from previous cases.

Her parents told investigators from LMPD's Public Integrity Unit that former officer Kenneth Betts had sent inappropriate texts to their daughter. Some of those texts, they said, included pictures of Betts half naked, and appeared sexual in nature. Betts was also trying to arrange meeting the young girl for a run, according to her parents.

As stated in court documents, the child's parents recalled getting calls from the head of the Explorer program after coming forward about the allegations.
That person, the parents said, encouraged them to not speak with anyone else about the situation and that "he wanted to keep it under the radar."

The parents could not remember the name of the person.

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The commander of special investigations at the time was former LMPD officer Curtis Flaherty. He has been named in another lawsuit accusing him of a cover up.

We are told this lawsuit involves several of the same people named in previous lawsuits already filed.

Two former officers, Kenneth Betts and Brandon Wood, have been named in previous lawsuits in relation to allegations of sexual abuse.

The FBI is investigating the claims. LMPD also has an open Public Integrity Unit investigation.

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