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Louisville Man Sentenced to 50 Years in Federal Prison for Child Exploitation Crimes

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Kentucky

LOUISVILLE, KY – A Louisville man was sentenced last week to 50 years in prison followed by a life term of supervised release for production and possession of child pornography.  There is no parole in the federal system. 

According to court documents, Curtis Bradley, 63, sexually assaulted a minor female victim on more than 100 occasions over the course of several years beginning when the victim was only 11 years old.  Bradley recorded the abuse with cameras positioned in his bedroom and via his cell phone.  Bradley’s wife would transport the minor victim to his residence for the purpose of his engaging in sexual contact with the victim in return for Bradley providing his wife with cash and drugs. 

“We will continue to aggressively prosecute predators who sexually exploit the most vulnerable individuals in our communities – the children,” stated United States Attorney Michael A. Bennett.  I commend the outstanding work of AUSAs Zimdahl and Tieke, HSI Nashville, LMPD, and our partnership with the Jefferson County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.  As a result of a combined effort, the defendant faces a very significant prison sentence without the chance of parole.”       

“Because of the outstanding efforts of our HSI agents, working with their law enforcement partners, an individual guilty of exploiting vulnerable children will serve a lengthy federal prison sentence for his unspeakable actions,” said HSI Nashville Special Agent in Charge Jerry C. Templet, Jr. “HSI will continue to prioritize these types of investigations to protect children and remove these offenders from our communities where they can no longer victimize others.”


The United States Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Stephanie Zimdahl and Christopher Tieke prosecuted the case.


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. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit  For more information about internet safety education, please visit and click on the tab “resources.

Updated March 7, 2022