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Metro Council approves $50,000 contract for special investigator to look into LMPD Explorer program

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Members of Louisville Metro Council are taking steps to push along an investigation into LMPD's Explorer program. 

Metro Council passed a resolution Thursday night for a contract of up to $50,000 for a special investigator to look into the program. 

Last month, Mayor Greg Fischer appointed former U.S. Attorney Kerry Harvey to lead that investigation. 

This all comes after a Jefferson County grand jury Wednesday indicted a former Louisville Metro Police officer and a current officer on charges the two committed sexual abuse of teens while with the department's Explorer program.

Officer Brandon Wood was indicted on seven counts of sexual abuse with one alleged victim and given a $10,000 bond by Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Angela Bisig. Woods allegedly abused a juvenile in 2011 and 2012, according to the indictment. 

Former Officer Kenneth Betts was charged with two counts of sodomy involving two different alleged victims and his bond was set at $15,000. 

Both men were arrested and booked into Metro Corrections. Wood was fired earlier Thursday.

Fischer expected to sign off on the contract next week. 

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