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Officer indicted in sex abuse case fired from LMPD

LOUISVILLE -- A Louisville police officer has been fired after he and another officer were indicted on sexual abuse charges related to a scandal in the department's Youth Explorer program.

A post to the Louisville Metro Police Department's Facebook page says Chief Steve Conrad met with Officer Brandon Wood on Thursday and terminated his employment "effective immediately."

Wood's attorney, Steve Schroering, says his client will fight the chief's decision.

Wood's firing comes after a Jefferson County grand jury indicted him on seven counts of sexual abuse. The grand jury also indicted former Officer Kenneth Betts, who resigned in 2014, on two counts of sodomy.

Both Wood and Betts were advisers in the Explorer program, which is for youth ages 14-19 interested in law enforcement careers.

It's unclear if Betts has an attorney.

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