Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Police: Youth Home Worker Admits To Sex Abuse

By Jay Ditzer/

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A Louisville man is facing multiple sex abuse charges after police said he told them he abused a juvenile foster child in his care.

According to arrest records, 55-year-old Lyle C. Kenobbie turned himself in to Metro Police around 10 p.m. Monday.

Police said Kenobbie admitted he sodomized and fondled a child in his custody.

Kenobbie told police he is suicidal, according to arrest records.

Kenobbie is employed by Boys Haven of Louisville, according to arrest records.

He is charged with four counts of third-degree sodomy and two counts of first-degree sexual abuse.

On Tuesday afternoon, Boys and Girls Haven CEO Jeff Hadley released a statement regarding Kenobbie's arrest:

"We are saddened by the allegations against Mr. Kenobbie, and we accepted his resignation last night.

"For more than 60 years, Boys and Girls Haven has been deeply committed to protecting thousands of vulnerable children. We absolutely do not tolerate any behavior, alleged or substantiated, that compromises that trust.

"Mr. Kenobbie had been a long-time employee, serving as a food services supervisor. Three months ago, he became a foster parent for our agency after completing a battery of background checks.

"Our thoughts and concerns are with the young person involved. We will continue to work cooperatively with state child-welfare officials and law-enforcement personnel in this matter."


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