A federal grand jury has returned a seven-count federal indictment against former LMPD Officer Kenneth Betts.
Betts was indicted on three counts of enticement of a minor, one count of attempted enticement of a minor, one count of possession of child pornography, one count of distribution of child pornography and one count of transfer of obscene material to an underage individual.
The federal indictment was returned on Tuesday, but was unsealed Wednesday afternoon. Betts turned himself in to FBI agents on Wednesday morning. His lawyer entered a not guilty plea on his behalf in U.S. District Court.
The charges are connected to the Louisville Metro Police Department’s Youth Explorer Program sex abuse investigation.
“No man is above the law particularly those with whom we give special authority and special trust as a police officer as a law enforcement officer and in turn abuses that authority and instead of protecting abuses that authority to prey upon the most vulnerable, our children,” said U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman during a news conference.
The indictment charges that Betts enticed three boys and one girl to engage in sexual activity with him between 2006 and 2014.
It also accuses Betts of sending inappropriate pictures to the victims.
“This is a program that was designed to encourage and train young people to go into law enforcement, to police our city, to protect. And this is an institution that of course no longer exists in our city because of the impact, because of the action in this case,” Coleman said.
Investigators said there could be more charges in the case and they are not ruling the possibility of more victims.
“We’re looking all over the country and if someone is watching this and we’re able to stream this out and the impact of this announcement triggers a recollection or triggers a victim awareness of what we’re doing we welcome that and we encourage them to contact the FBI or LMPD,” Coleman said.
If convicted on all charges, Betts faces up to 20 years in a federal prison and a possibility of a lifetime of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.