Clark County Sheriff had many ups and downs in career

Published: Jul. 30, 2014 at 2:44 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 13, 2014 at 2:44 AM EDT
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JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) - Clark County Sheriff Daniel Rodden is facing federal charges after FBI agents say he lied about giving a prostitute a deputy's badge and uniform so she could get hotel discounts. He's also accused of paying her for sex.

In his time on the job the 60-year-old has had plenty of ups and downs. Because of term limits, Rodden's time as sheriff was set to end this December.

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As a former Jeffersonville police chief, Danny Rodden's career as sheriff started with law enforcement experience and a big scare.

"My thoughts were I got to get to the scene," Rodden said in April of 2008. A little more than a year after Rodden took office, three of his officers were ambushed during a domestic call. One of the officers was shot but survived.

Rodden also showed leadership in the county where he grew up when a devastating tornado hit Henryville, Indiana in March of 2012.

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Rodden made headlines when he sued his own county in 2011 after being asked to cut more than $1 million from his budget.

Over the years, Rodden took heat from the public on more than one occasion when inmates on work release walked away from Clark County custody. One of those inmates happened to be the son of the jail director.

At the time, Rodden said, "In my heart, truthfully I don't think I put anybody in danger."

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Last year, one of Rodden's majors, Chuck Adams, brought more controversy to the office after a donor accused Adams of offering him a no-show $70,000-a-year job as a chief deputy in the department.

Rodden is one of several officials named as defendants in a federal civil rights lawsuit of Clark County's drug treatment program that allegedly jailed people longer than 72 hours before having hearings or attorneys appointed for them.

Perhaps most ironically, the sheriff took a tough stance during his career on the crime he's indicted for: prostitution.

During one prostitution bust Rodden said, "There's always been rumors of this type of stuff going on, but it's something we want to stay on top of."

The Clark County Sheriff has been married for 29 years and has two adult children.

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