Former Ky. constable accused of running prostitution ring - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Former Ky. constable accused of running prostitution ring

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ky. (WDRB) – Thomas Banta's house in Franklin County is up for sale.

Banta was a county constable from 2011 to 2014. He was also a football coach and ran a private investigation business, Banta's Security and Investigation on Louisville Road.

He's accused of holding down a fourth and illegal job: running a prostitution ring from inside his home.

"We moved into this neighborhood thinking it was a nice quiet neighborhood,” neighbor, Michael Mcnees said. "It's pretty sad, pretty sad."

Banta was indicted Monday on several charges, including promoting prostitution. The 67-year-old was arrested Tuesday.

According to an affidavit for search warrant, a 38-year-old woman jailed in the Franklin County Detention Center contacted the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office saying she had information about Banta and prostitution.

The paperwork alleges the woman claimed she, "first met Tom Banta when she was a cheerleader in the eighth grade and he was a football coach." It goes on to say, "she referred to him as 'Boss.'''

The woman told investigators she would be paid anywhere from $50 to $500 for sex acts.  

The warrant alleges she, "specifically recalled that when she was 16 or 17 that she was advised by Banta to go to Capital Plaza Hotel and take the elevator to the top floor and to have sex with a male, but not ask any questions or engage in conversation. [She] stated she was paid $500 by Banta for this encounter and that she later saw the male with whom she had sex with on television."

WDRB News reached out to Banta for comment, but did not get a response.

However, neighbors who live near his former business did respond.

"Real surprised, real surprised,” neighbor, George Hembree said.

In addition to promoting prostitution, Banta and a former employee, Hendra Chanault Valentine were also indicted on charges of impersonating an officer and kidnapping a minor.

According to the indictment, this all happened when the two men interrogated a 17-year-old boy who they thought may be in possession of stolen property.

Banta bonded out of jail on Wednesday.

Valentine is being held in the Franklin County Detention Center. He denied WDRB's request for an interview.

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