Attorney: Sheriff weighing options after federal indictment

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by Whitney Harding

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 29, 2014 at 11:51 PM

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11) – Just a few hours after seeing a magistrate judge in Indianapolis, Clark County Sheriff Danny Rodden arrived at his Jeffersonville home with his attorney, Larry Wilder, at the wheel.

Rodden hustled into the house but wilder took a moment to share where he and his client go from here.

"I think that Danny is a serious person and he understands the seriousness of what has been alleged," Wilder said. "He just got home as you can see. He needs an opportunity to talk to his family."

Rodden is being charged with counseling the destruction of evidence in a federal investigation and seven counts of making a false statement to the FBI. According to the indictment, back in May of 2013 Rodden is accused of giving a prostitute a sheriff's deputy badge so she could get a Louisville hotel room at a discounted rate. He is also accused of engaging in a sexual act with her and paying three hundred dollars.

Neither Rodden nor Wilder had anything to say about the charges, but Wilder did say the first step is deciding what to do with regards to Rodden’s position with the Clark County Sheriff’s Department.

"Certainly it would be a little over reactive right now, three hours after our visit with the federal magistrate, to have any definitive statements right now,” Wilder said. "We will certainly come to some good plan that's going to be for the best of the community, the best for the department and the best for the people who work for him."

Wilder continued by saying he’s known Rodden since they were children and they grew up together. He said Rodden is a good person who will be thinking of others when he makes a decision about his future as Clark County Sheriff.

"We'll deal with the rest of the allegations, the facts the information as we have a chance to kind of get our feet on the ground,” Wilder said. "If mistakes were made then they were made and people pay for their mistakes, and there's no doubt in my mind that he will stand up and do what's right because he always has.”
 

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