Clark Co. sheriff Danny Rodden takes administrative leave

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by Amy Stallings

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 30, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 30 at 6:14 PM

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11) -- During a news conference Wednesday morning, attorney Larry Wilder said his client, Clark County sheriff Danny Rodden, will take an administrative leave of absence after he was indicted on eight charges Tuesday.

Wilder said the leave was Rodden's decision and he was not forced to take the leave.

Rodden will be paid during the leave, and Wilder said he is paying out of his pocket for his legal fees.

John Kahafer will head up the sheriff's department while Rodden takes the leave of absence.

Wilder released the following statement:

"Effective immediately Clark County Sheriff, Danny Rodden, will be place on administrative leave from his position as Sheriff. This decision comes after being charged with making false statements to the FBI and Counseling the Destruction of Evidence in a Federal Investigation.

These are serious allegations and Sheriff Rodden believes that in order to insure the continued effective operation of the Clark County Sheriff's Department it is necessary that he be placed on leave.

in the interim, Chief Deputy, John Kahafer, will be in charge of the operation of the Clark County Sheriff's Department. Kahafer was patrol officer with the department for eight, served as a detective for 18 years and ten as Chief of Detectives and has been the Chief for the last seven years.

The men and women who comprise the deputies of the Clark County Sheriff's Department appreciate the support of the community as they continue to work hard every day for the safety and betterment of our community."

Rodden is an elected official and has five months left in his current term.

WHAS11's Renee Murphy has more on this latest development in the video player above.

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