Kenneth Betts, one of two former Louisville Metro Police officers already indicted in state court for allegedly sexual abusing teens while with the department’s Explorer program, now faces seven additional federal charges.
Betts was arraigned in U.S. District Court on Wednesday on charges of knowingly distributing child pornography, possession of child pornography, transferring obscene material to a minor, enticement and attempted enticement, among other charges.
In a press conference with the Louisville Metro Police Department and prosecutors, U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman called the allegations “shocking” and acknowledged it is a “sad day for law enforcement.”
The penalty range for the charges are 20 years to life in prison. There is no parole in federal prison.
A grand jury indicted Betts on Tuesday but the indictment was not unsealed until Wednesday. He turned himself in at around 10 a.m. Wednesday.
A federal judge set Betts’ bond at $25,000, with the condition that he be on home incarceration, no firearms and have no access to the internet. He will remain in custody until he is fitted with a monitoring device.
Betts is also not allowed to have unsupervised contact with minors and not contact with the victims or their families.
Prosecutors had argued he was a danger and needed to be incarcerated to protect his alleged victims.