Federal indictment returned against Clark County, IN sheriff

Published: Jul. 29, 2014 at 5:13 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 5, 2014 at 5:15 PM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The top lawman in a southern Indiana county has been indicted by a federal grand jury. Danny Rodden, the sheriff of Clark County, was indicted on seven counts of making false statements to federal agents and one count of counseling the destruction of evidence in a federal investigation.

According to the indictment, on May 14, 2013, Rodden, 60, of Jeffersonville, provided a woman who worked as a prostitute in the Louisville area with law enforcement credentials and an official deputy's badge so she could get a government employee rate at hotels.

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On May 29, 2013, the indictment says Rodden met the woman at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Louisville and gave her clothing bearing the official ins of the Clark County Sheriff's Department. It also says Rodden engaged in a sex act with her.

The indictment says that on or about May 27, 2014, Rodden told the person to "get rid of" the law enforcement credentials and clothing he had given her. This came after Rodden had been questioned the first time by FBI agents.

Joe Hogsett, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, called it a sad day for Clark County.

Rodden was arrested in the Federal Courthouse in New Albany and immediately taken to Indianapolis where he will appear in federal court at 3 p.m.

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