Lawsuit involving LMPD Explorer Prog. remains sealed

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LOUISVILLE (WHAS11) -- The high-profile lawsuit that alleges sex abuse in a program operated by the Louisville Metro Police Department remains confidential after a hearing Thursday morning, March 30.

The documents are still sealed but for the first time, attorney David Yates, who represents the alleged victim in this case, told WHAS11 that more victims could be added to the lawsuit.

“There will be future cases coming forward,” said Yates.

No new victims have officially been added and the suit remains sealed from the public, despite Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer's push for transparency.  The issue was discussed before a Jefferson County judge Thursday.

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“There was an argument over the sealing of the documents and how to proceed,” said Yates.

Yates says he agrees the facts and information in the lawsuit should be made public but says it's his clients’ identities he's trying to protect.

“We do not want those individuals or witnesses to be victimized,” said Yates.

Attorney Mike O'Connell who represents Metro Government in the case disagrees.

“The plaintiffs have not established special circumstances by law to remain anonymous,” said O’Connell.

O'Connell says it's not an even playing field.

“It's not fair for them to be named and not have the plaintiffs in this case named,” said O’Connell.

He says the city will continue to push for the unsealing of the lawsuit, hoping to reach an agreement before the next hearing scheduled for May 3.