Clark County residents react to Sheriff Rodden's arrest


by Brooke Hasch

Posted on July 29, 2014 at 7:01 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 29 at 8:27 PM

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11) – Word of Clark County Sheriff Danny Rodden's arrest quickly spread throughout the county Tuesday afternoon, igniting both shock and disappointment among residents in the Clarksville and Jeffersonville communities.

 Clarksville resident Amanda Howard could not understand how her sheriff became the center of an FBI investigation around wire fraud and prostitution.

 "That's unacceptable behavior," Howard said.

 "Nobody is above the law," Tyree Smith, a Clark County resident said.

 A federal indictment claims the Clark County Sheriff lied about his interactions with a prostitute, handing over a badge and deputy apparel so that person could receive a reduced rate for a hotel room at the Hyatt, in Louisville. It alleges that's where he then paid her $300 for sex.

 Many people in town are now asking, what happens when the man responsible for enforcing the law is accused of breaking it?

 "This has never happened in our county before," Jack Coffman, the president of the Clark County Board of Commissioners said.

 Coffman says his board has no authority when it comes to removing Rodden from office, since he's an elected official. We are told the only person who can make that call is the county coroner. Until then, Rodden will continue as the acting sheriff. 

 "I know Sheriff Rodden. I believed him to be a right and virtuous man, so it's a shock to me and other employees here in the courthouse," Coffman said.

 WHAS 11 News spotted Rodden returning home Tuesday night after appearing in court earlier in the day. We'll continue to update you on any comments made by Rodden or his attorney.