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March 8, 2022Louisville, KY, United StatesChild Exploitation

ICE HSI investigation leads to 50-year federal prison sentence for child exploitation crimes

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A Kentucky man was sentenced to serve 600 months in prison for production and possession of child sexual exploitation material.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) investigated the case.

“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.”

According to court documents, Curtis Bradley, 63, of Louisville, Kentucky, sexually assaulted a minor female on more than 100 occasions, over the course of several years, beginning when the victim was only 11 years old. He recorded the abuse with cameras positioned in his bedroom and via his cell phone. Bradley’s wife transported the minor victim to his residence for him to engage in sexual contact. In return, Bradley provided 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 U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky 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.”

There is no parole in the federal system. Upon his release from prison at the completion of his sentence, Bradley will be supervised by U.S. Probation for life.

HSI is a directorate of ICE and the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), responsible for investigating transnational crime and threats, specifically those criminal organizations that exploit the global infrastructure through which international trade, travel, and finance move. HSI’s workforce of over 10,400 employees consists of more than 7,100 special agents assigned to 220 cities throughout the United States, and 80 overseas locations in 53 countries. HSI’s international presence represents DHS’s largest investigative law enforcement presence abroad and one of the largest international footprints in U.S. law enforcement.

If anyone suspect a child might be a victim of exploitation, you are encouraged to call the HSI tip line at 866-347-2423, or visit

Learn more about HSI Nashville’s fight against child exploitation in your community at @HSI_Nashville.

Updated: 03/08/2022