Clark County sheriff arrested, indicted on federal criminal charges



Posted on July 29, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 30 at 10:10 AM

CLARK COUNTY, Ind. (WHAS11) -- The Clark County sheriff, Danny Rodden, has been arrested and is facing several criminal charges.

Rodden was arrested at the federal courthouse in New Albany after an FBI investigation. The investigation began earlier this year when the FBI developed an informant.

According to the indictment, Rodden, 60, is accused of giving a person law enforcement credentials so that person could get a hotel room at a reduced rate. He is also accused of engaging in a sexual act with that same person and paying the person $300.

The indictment states Rodden gave the person sheriff department apparel and a badge,  and later told the person to get rid of the items.  

Rodden is also accused of making false statements to the FBI when he was questioned by agents back in May and June during the wire fraud and prostitution investigation. 

Rodden is charged with counseling the destruction of evidence in a federal investigation and seven counts of making a false statement to the FBI.

During a news conference Tuesday afternoon, officials said more indictments are possible as a result of this investigation. Officials did not comment on how long Rodden had contact with the prostitute or if the prostitute was paid by other elected officials.

Rodden is due in federal court in Indianapolis Tuesday afternoon and is expected to be released from custody after his appearance.

Rodden was elected sheriff in 2007. He is married with two children. At one point in his career he served as chief of the Jeffersonville Police Department.

“Our message has been consistent but bears repeating: if you violate the public trust, our Public Corruption Working Group will find you, will investigate you, and will prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law,” Joseph Hogsett, United States Attorney, said.

This investigation is part of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Public Integrity Working Group (“PIWG”), a collaborative effort between federal state and local law enforcement agencies to rid Indiana of the “culture of corruption” that too often deprives citizens of proper representation. This prosecution comes as part of a joint effort between the Indiana State Police, the FBI, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Anyone who has information to share about public corruption matters is encouraged to contact the Public Integrity Hotline at 317-229-2443.

According to Senior Litigation Counsel Bradley Blackington, who is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government, Rodden faces up to 20 years imprisonment for counseling the destruction of evidence and five years for each count of making a false statement.

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