Ofc. Brad Schuhmann

Ofc. Brad Schuhmann

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – A third Louisville Metro Police officer has been charged with sexual abuse of a minor in the department’s Explorer youth mentoring program.

Officer Brad Schuhmann was indicted Nov. 3 by a federal grand jury in U.S. District Court on a charge of sexually abusing a juvenile in 2010, according to court records.

Schuhmann, who resigned from the department last week, is scheduled to plead guilty on Nov. 16. The charge is a misdemeanor, which carries a penalty of up to a year in prison.

An attorney for Schuhmann could not be immediately reached for comment. 

In January 2019, the Jefferson Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office announced prosecutors would not seek charges against Schuhmann for allegedly sexually abusing a girl in the Explorer program.

At the time, prosecutors said they sent a letter with the findings and their recommendation in the investigation of Schuhmann to the Louisville Public Corruption Civil Rights Task Force, which includes local and federal law enforcement.

A girl identified as “B.L.” claimed in a federal lawsuit that Schuhmann abused her in his police cruiser and sought sexual pictures and acts from her.

Schuhmann has previously denied the girl’s allegations through an attorney.

The indictment does not provide details of the alleged abuse except to say that Schuhmann “willfully deprived” a juvenile female “of “liberty without due process of law, which includes the right not to have her bodily integrity violated by a person acting under color of law.”

The lawsuit, which is pending, claims the teen told her parents, who confronted Schuhmann and met with the program’s leader at the time, Lt. Curtis Flaherty.

Flaherty, who is also named as a defendant in the suit, is accused of failing to report the alleged sexual abuse and “concealing” it, according to court documents. He retired in 2017.

Former officers Kenneth Betts and Brandon Wood have both already been convicted of federal and state crimes and are in prison.

Wood was sentenced to 70 months in prison for attempted enticement of a teen in the youth mentoring program.

Between 2011 and 2012, Wood attempted to entice a juvenile to engage in sexual activity, according to authorities. Wood met the juvenile through the LMPD Explorer program during a camp held in Bullitt County. Wood used social media to make contact with the juvenile after the camp, attempting to entice him into sexual activity, according to the charge.

In addition, Wood also pleaded guilty in state court to seven counts of sexually abusing a teen in the program and is serving a five-year sentence that is running concurrent with the federal conviction.

Betts is currently serving 16 years in federal prison on child pornography and enticement charges. He also pleaded guilty to sodomy charges in state court.

Betts, Wood and Schuhmann, along with other police and city officials, are accused in seven federal lawsuits of concealing evidence of the conduct by intimidation, destruction of evidence, deletion of information and refusal to comply with the Kentucky Open Records Act, as well as conspiracy to cover up the wrongdoing, according to lawsuits.

Police are also accused of falsifying reports, deleting phone records and audio files and destroying other records.

An investigation into LMPD's handling of allegations of sexual misconduct in the youth Explorer program found police made several "mistakes," including a failure to look into possible criminal conduct and determine if the abuse was widespread.

But the report ultimately concluded there was no massive cover-up by police or city officials.

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Jason Riley is a criminal justice reporter for WDRB.com. He joined WDRB News in 2013 after 14 years with The Courier-Journal. He graduated from Western Kentucky University. Jason can be reached at 502-585-0823 and jriley@wdrb.com.