Former LMPD officer charged in sex abuse case working in Rolling Hills

Rolling Hills residents concerned about Betts

LOUISVLLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Two former LMPD officers charged in a sex abuse case were in front of a judge Monday. Kenneth Betts is charged with two counts of sodomy. Brandon Woods is facing seven counts of sexual abuse. Both men pleaded not guilty.

These charges come after a person claimed he'd been raped and sexually abused by the men while participating in LMPD's Youth Explorer Program as teenager.

Betts was formally charged and arrested last week, but bonded out soon after.

The charges come years after Betts was first investigated for improper contact with a female in 2013. That investigation was closed when he resigned from LMPD.

Since then he's been working for the small city of Rolling Hills, located in eastern Jefferson County.

Betts is the City Code Enforcement Officer, meaning he monitors the city for violations of local ordinances, and addresses them accordingly.

Mayor Philip Jaeger said he's received a number of concerns from residents since information about the alleged sex abuse was first released last fall.

The small city is a mostly residential area, with signs warning of children on every street.

City council members would not comment on Betts' employment, only stating they would be discussing the topic at a meeting Tuesday night.

For now, the mayor said he hears his residents' concerns and plans to address the issue at a private meeting.

The council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

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