By Jennifer Edwards Baker
A Hamilton County corrections officer is locked up at the Kenton County jail on a charge of using a computer to lure a minor.
John Daniel Kamphaus, 40, was arrested at 1:30 a.m. when he traveled to Mills Road Park in Independence.
That's where he arranged to meet a 15-year-old girl he had been chatting with online for sex, said Kenton County Police Chief Brian Capps.
"He believed he was chatting with a 15-year-old Independence teenager when, in fact, it was one of our officers," the police chief said.
Kamphaus was booked into the jail about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday on a charge of prohibited use of a electronic communication system to procure a minor in reference to a sex offense, jail records show.
He briefly appeared Wednesday morning before a Kenton County judge, who set his bond at $2,500.
Kamphaus has been employed at the Hamilton County Sherif's Office nearly 20 years, since January 1996, said Michael Robison, agency spokesman.
"Per our policies, effective immediately Officer Kamphaus is placed on unpaid administrative leave pending an investigation by internal affairs," Robison said. "The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office is fully cooperating with the Kenton County Police Department."
Kamphaus' personnel file will not be released to the Enquirer for review until next week.
"... .pursuant to their standing labor contract, we are required to notify him five days prior to releasing his file," Robison said.