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Brandenburg Police officer on paid administrative leave identified

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BRANDENBURG, Ky. (WDRB) -- We're learning new details about an investigation involving police officers and a 15-year-old girl.

WDRB has filed an open records request to obtain the name of the Brandenburg Police officer who is on paid administrative leave. Records show it's Officer Todd Matti.

Brandenburg City Hall released the documents to WDRB News, but we were denied a document that would have explained why Matti was suspended.

Records show his employment history includes being an officer for the Meade County Sheriff's Department, as well as West Point Police. He was also a security guard in Louisville. There are no complaints, reprimands, or disciplinary actions in his file.

Matti declined our request for an interview.

Brandenburg Mayor David Pace sat down with WDRB News last Friday and said this about his officer on paid leave.

"I think each situation is its own entity on its own," Mayor Pace said. "I think our officer is totally different from their cases."

A father tells WDRB News that his 15-year-old daughter is the victim of an inappropriate relationship with a Brandenburg officer, two Kentucky State Police troopers, and a Breckinridge County Sheriff's deputy.

Deputy Chris Woosley has resigned and troopers Stratford Young and Jerry Clanton were fired.

Ky. Attorney General Jack Conway said, "Whether or not they'll be reinstated or appealed I do not know. I do know that law enforcement officers ought not be having sexual relations with 15 year olds, so that's very disappointing, and hopefully justice will be done."

Ky. Attorney General Jack Conway said he has talked with the Kentucky State Police Commissioner and said the investigation is being handled by internal affairs.

Conway said, "It's my understanding that some of the officers involved were under a misunderstanding, if you will, about the age of the minor involved. That does not absolve them of what they did. Some of the individuals were married from what I understand, so that certainly doesn't absolve them of what they did."

The AG's Office is working on naming a special prosecutor in the case after two attorneys declined to take the job because of conflicts of interest.

Conway said, "We've had conversations with one potential prosecutor. That individual is making certain that they're not going to have a conflict as well. In fact, they are in communication with internal affairs at Kentucky State Police. They're in communication with others who will be witnesses in the case to make certain that particular office does not have a conflict."

KSP will not say how much longer the investigation will take.

Conway said, "I think the facts are fairly clear. I think it's just a matter of getting a prosecutor in place who can work with internal affairs and other agencies to move this case forward."

The case will ultimately be turned over to a grand jury who will decide if criminal charges will be filed against the officers.

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