Kentucky police sergeant, 2 others arrested during prostitution investigation

Benjamin Walden (Courtesy: Kentucky State Police. )

OAK GROVE, Ky. (WKRN) — Three people, including a police sergeant, have been arrested in connection to a prostitution investigation by Kentucky State Police.

The investigation began when authorities received a complaint of a female being held against her will at the Quality Inn in Oak Grove.

Kentucky State Police say three women were being held against their will and forced to have sex with several men.

Troopers arrested 34-year-old Michael Helton and 22-year-old Kiersten Napodano on charges of unlawful imprisonment, human trafficking and promoting prostitution.

Michael Helton (Courtesy: Kentucky State Police. )
Michael Helton (Courtesy: Kentucky State Police. )
Kiersten Napodano (Courtesy: Kentucky State Police. )
Kiersten Napodano (Courtesy: Kentucky State Police. )

Helton was also charged with possession of a handgun by a convicted felon and served a warrant for fugitive from another state, according to police.

During the investigation, troopers learned that 43-year-old Benjamin Walden, a sergeant with the Oak Grove Police Department, was also involved.

Benjamin Walden (Courtesy: Kentucky State Police. )
Benjamin Walden (Courtesy: Kentucky State Police. )

He is charged with the following:

  • Sodomy, 1st Degree
  • Rape, 1st Degree
  • Assault, 4th Degree (Minor Injury)
  • Permitting Prostitution
  • Official Misconduct, 1st Degree
  • Terroristic Threatening, 3rd Degree
  • Intimidating a Participant in a Legal Process
  • Retaliating Against a Participant in a Legal Process
  • Tampering with a Witness

All three are being held at the Christian County jail.