Louisville man sentenced to 50 years in federal prison for child exploitation crimes | USAO-WDKY

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

According to court documents, Curtis Bradley, 63, sexually assaulted an underage victim more than 100 times over several years from when the victim was just 11 years old. Bradley recorded the abuse with cameras positioned in his bedroom and via his cell phone. Bradley’s wife would transport the underage victim to her residence in an attempt to engage in sexual contact with the victim in exchange for Bradley supplying his wife with money and drugs.

“We will continue to aggressively pursue predators who sexually exploit the most vulnerable individuals in our communities — children,” U.S. Attorney Michael A. Bennett said. I salute the outstanding work of AUSA Zimdahl and Tieke, HSI Nashville, LMPD, and our partnership with the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office. As a result of a combined effort, the accused faces a very significant prison sentence without the possibility of parole.

“Through the exceptional efforts of our HSI officers, in conjunction with their law enforcement partners, an individual found guilty of exploiting vulnerable children will serve a lengthy federal prison sentence for their unspeakable actions,” said Jerry C. Templet, Special Agent in Charge of HSI Nashville, 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 the 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 Attorney’s Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood brings together federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit child sexual abuse, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about the Safe Childhood Project, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information on Internet Safety Education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the “resources” tab.

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