Oak Grove police sergeant and two others arrested in connection to prostitution investigation

Kentucky State Police say they have arrested three people, including an Oak Grove police sergeant, in connection to a prostitution investigation.

KSP said they received a call from a woman stating she was being held against her will at the Quality Inn in Oak Grove. Troopers say an investigation revealed that three women were being held against their will and being forced to have sexual relations with several men.

On September 22, 34-year-old Michael Helton of Oak Grove and 22-year-old Kiersten Napodano of Joelton, Tennessee, were arrested in connection to the investigation.

They were charged with unlawful imprisonment, human trafficking, and promoting prostitution. Helton was also charged with possession of a handgun by a convicted felon and served a warrant for fugitive from another state.

As the investigation continued, detectives learned that an Oak Grove Police Department sergeant was also involved.

On September 27, troopers arrested 43-year-old Benjamin R. Walden of Clarksville, Tennessee. He was charged with 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, and tampering with a witness.

All three arrested were taken to the Christian County Jail. The investigation is ongoing.

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