LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – The report on an independent investigation into sex abuse allegations in the Louisville Metro Police youth Explorer program could be released as early as Wednesday.

Metro Council President David James says the council is likely to vote on a measure this week that would release a redacted version of the report.

The release of the probe, which was completed by former U.S. Attorney Kerry Harvey in March, has been delayed several times at the behest of Mayor Greg Fischer’s administration because of worries about harming the civil and criminal cases.

In order to call a special meeting of the council, James said he needed to collect 18 signatures of council members, but he had not done that as of Sunday. James believes he will have the required number by Tuesday.

Last week, WDRB reported that several council members had concerns about how the Mayor’s office released invoices of the Harvey probe saying they were overly redacted.

The Mayor’s office blacked out a number of tasks that Harvey completed, including presumably an interview with police Chief Steve Conrad.

Harvey’s investigation is supposed to shed light on, among other questions, how police handled a 2013 investigation of former LMPD Officer Kenneth Betts sending inappropriate texts and talking lewdly to a 16-year-old female Explorer.

Betts was accused of sending the girl shirtless pictures of himself and asking her to "make out."

During the course of that investigation, a male teenager told police investigators that Betts offered him money for sex. The teen also said Betts offered to take care of a speeding ticket in exchange for sexual favors. And the male told police he often spent the night with Betts and another LMPD officer, Brandon Wood.

In addition, former officers Kenneth Betts and Brandon Wood have been indicted for sexually abusing several teens. Another LMPD officer, Brad Schuhmann, is under investigation and on administrative leave. And the former commander of the program, Curtis Flaherty, is accused in several lawsuits of covering up the crimes.  

It’s possible the council could view the report and not make a decision on whether to release the report on Wednesday.

Related stories:

Copyright 2018 WDRB Media. All Rights Reserved.