LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - A lawsuit has been filed against a third LMPD officer accused of sexually assaulting a teenager in the Explorer Program.

Louisville Metro Councilman David Yates confirmed the lawsuit was filed Tuesday against LMPD officer Brad Schuhmann. He's accused of having sex with a 16-year-old girl who was part of the program around 2010. Yates said the lawsuit alleges Schuhmann "groomed, manipulated and sexually abused a minor child while he was in a position of trust and authority."

Yates said earlier this year that Schumann "worked closely" with Maj. Curtis Flaherty, who was named as a defendant in the initial lawsuit in the Explorer case earlier this year. Schuhmann has been on desk duty since May. In 2013, LMPD Chief Steve Conrad sent Schuhmann a commendation letter on his work with the Explorer program, according to Schuhmann's personnel file.

"You are a credit to the Louisville Metro Police Department and the Explorer program," Conrad wrote.

Two other similar lawsuits have been filed against former LMPD officers Kenneth Betts and Brandon Wood, who are also criminally charged.

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