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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Kentucky

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Former LMPD Officer Sentenced To 70 Months For Attempted Enticement

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – United States District Judge David J. Hale sentenced Louisville Metro Police Officer Brandon Wood to 70 months in prison, followed by 10 years’ supervised release, after he pled guilty in January to attempted enticement, announced United States Attorney Russell Coleman.

“Our most basic duty in law enforcement is to protect kids. Those that abandon this core responsibility, have and will face prosecution and ultimately federal prison,” stated U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman.

According to the Plea Agreement, between 2011 and 2012, Wood attempted to entice John Doe 1, who had not reached 18 years of age, to engage in sexual activity. Wood met Doe through the LMPD Explorer Program during a camp held in Bullitt County – where Wood was a counselor and sworn LMPD officer. Wood used social media to contact John Doe 1 after the camp.  Those communications resulted in an attempt to entice the minor to engage in sexual activity.

Wood remains in federal custody.

Assistant United States Attorney Jo E. Lawless prosecuted the case.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Louisville Metro Police Department’s Public Integrity Unit conducted the investigation.

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 This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
Updated May 28, 2019