Embattled Clark County sheriff takes plea deal

Published: Oct. 2, 2014 at 5:09 PM EDT|Updated: Nov. 16, 2014 at 7:19 PM EST
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JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) - An attorney for the former sheriff of Clark County, Indiana says his client has taken a plea deal to the federal charges he is facing.

Danny Rodden, 60, was arrested in July after an eight count federal indictment alleged that he lied seven different ways to FBI agents and urged a prostitute to destroy evidence. Larry Wilder, Rodden's attorney, told WAVE 3 News the plea was filed earlier in the day.

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Rodden faced charges that in May 2013 was that he gave a Louisville prostitute official credentials of the Clark County Sheriff's Office and an official agency badge. The U.S. Attorney's Office said Rodden gave the woman the items so she could get a government employee rate at a downtown Louisville hotel.

After being question by the FBI, the indictment say Rodden told the woman to "get rid of" the department credentials and a sheriff's department shirt he had given her.

"Danny was looking for forgiveness," said Wilder. "This was part of that process. Admitting what you did wrong. And I think more than anything, he's looking for forgiveness from his wife and his children and from the community he served."

Despite the guilty plea, Wilder said the former sheriff's pension will not be impacted. According to Wilder, Rodden faces a recommended penalty range of six to twelve months of incarceration.

Rodden, who was in the final months of his term of office, submitted his retirement papers on Oct. 1. He had taken a leave of absence from his post after his arrest.

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