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Hamilton County Deputy arrested in Kenton County

KENTON COUNTY, Ky. (WKRC) -- A Hamilton County Sheriff's deputy faces a felony criminal charge in Kenton County court Wednesday.

Kenton County Police arrested 40-year-old John Kamphaus  and booked him in the jail at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday morning. Police say Kamphaus had set up a meeting at Mills Road Park in Independence with what he thought was a 15-year-old girl. Investigators say Kamphaus had been chatting for months with an undercover officer, who Kamphaus allegedly believed was a teenage girl.

During his arrest, police say they took Kamphaus' phone and found mapped directions to the park and some of the chat comments. He allegedly said he wanted to strip the girl and have oral sex. Police didn't know he was in law enforcement. He wasn't wearing a uniform and was in his personal car.
 
Kamphaus is a corrections officer with Hamilton County. The Sheriff's Office says Kamphaus has worked there since 1996. He's been placed on unpaid administrative leave and will undergo an investigation by Internal Affairs.
 

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