Lawmakers, police officers alleged clients in Frankfort prostitution ring

Published: May. 27, 2016 at 5:23 AM EDT
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State legislators and police officers were allegedly involved in a prostitution ring in Franklin County.

Court records do not identify any of the alleged clients.

The Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting obtained the court documents in the Thomas Banta case. Banta, a former Franklin County constable, and a co-worker, Hendra Valentine, have both been indicted on charges of kidnapping and impersonating a police officer.

On Friday morning, Valentine was offered a plea deal because he agreed to help the prosecution with their case against his former coworker.

Banta's attorney says he's surprised Valentine took the deal so quickly because the ink is barely dry on the indictment.

Valentine has said he did not know Banta was accused of running a prostitution ring.

One woman told police that after applying for a job at Banta Security and Investigations, Banta told her that her clients would be "upscale" men who "wanted some excitement on the side."

Another woman told police she was paid $500 to have sex with a man at a Frankfort hotel, and said she later saw the man on television.

A different woman told police that a high school student was working as a prostitute for Banta.

The investigation into Banta began in February of last year with complaints that men were paying for sex at his security business on Louisville Road. The Commonwealth's Attorney's Office was also contacted by a woman in jail who claimed to have information on Banta.