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Clark Co. Sheriff on administrative leave after indictment

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JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- Less than 24 hours after Clark County Sheriff Danny Rodden was indicted on federal charges, his attorney held a news conference to discuss Rodden's status as sheriff. 

Rodden's attorney, Larry Wilder, says Rodden will be placed on paid administrative leave of absence, effective immediately. 

Rodden is charged with making false statements to the federal government in an FBI investigation and also accused of advising someone to destroy evidence.
Wilder said, "Danny Rodden was my friend yesterday. He's my friend today and he was my friend the day before this happened. If you know him like we know him, Danny wants to do the right thing."

Rodden is still the Sheriff, but decided to take administrative leave. It is paid because he's an elected official.

Wilder said, "The only reason the way it has to be the way it is is because the law only allows it to be no other way."

We went to Rodden's house for comment, but no one was home.

Wilder said, "Danny is very disappointed in himself, concerned about what the allegations will have on the community and his family. Again, if you know Danny, you understand this is tearing at him and he is just very distraught at what has happened."

Wilder says Rodden is paying for his own legal fees, not the county.

Specifically, authorities allege that on May 29, 2013, Rodden met with a prostitute in a room at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Louisville, and engaged in oral sex with her for $300. He also allegedly provided her with a uniform shirt and other clothing bearing the insignia of the Clark County Sheriff's Department so that she could obtain the government rate to stay in the hotel. 

Click HERE to read a copy of the indictment

According to Prosecutor Bradley Blackington, Rodden is still the sheriff until he is convicted or otherwise removed from office. 

"That's the way the presumption of innocence works," Blackington said in a news conference Tuesday afternoon. 

Wilder says Chief John Kahafer will assume Rodden's duties while he is on leave. 

Kahafer has worked for the sheriff’s department for nearly 36 years -- having spent eight years a patrolman, 18 years as a detective, and the past seven years as Sheriff Rodden's chief. 

He didn't want to talk on camera, but says he was shocked about the allegations. Kahafer says his job now is to move forward and the actions of one do not represent the whole department.


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