The New York Daily News by Rocco Parascandola, Kerry Wills and Joe Kemp - June 3, 2011
Kevin Louther allegedly sent racy texts to a 15-year-old girl.
A Brooklyn cop was arrested Wednesday for allegedly sending racy texts to a 15-year-old girl who volunteered at his command, sources told the Daily News. Kevin Louther, 30, who works as a youth officer, met the teen in the 70th Precinct stationhouse, where she took part in the NYPD's Explorers program, the sources said. The two began a relationship, which involved erotic texts and emails, sources said. The young girl's mother found out about the pair and reported it to another officer, sources said. "It didn't appear to be anything forced," a source said of Louther's contact with the girl. The Explorers program is designed "to build positive relationships" between men and women ages 14 to 20 and the NYPD, according to their website. Cops confirmed late Thursday - more than a day after his arraignment - that Louther was arrested about 10:30 a.m. and charged with sex abuse, harassment and endangering the welfare of a child. He was released on $750 bail and suspended from his job without pay. He is due back in court next week. Louther, who has been with the department for almost six years, declined to speak about the charges at his Bedford-Stuyvesant home Thursday night. email@example.com