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Former Clark County Sheriff Daniel Rodden to plead guilty to federal charges

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JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind,. (WDRB) -- Former Clark County Sheriff Daniel Rodden is expected to plead guilty to federal charges in connection with alleged incidents involving a prostitute, WDRB News has learned.

He is expected to plead guilty to lying to the FBI to cover up an affair with a prostitute.

In July, Rodden was indicted on seven counts of making a false statement and one count of counseling the destruction of evidence in a federal investigation.

Click HERE to read a copy of the indictment.

Authorities alleged that on May 29, 2013, Rodden met with a prostitute in a room at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Louisville, where he engaged in oral sex with that person for $300. He also allegedly provided that individual with a uniform shirt and other clothing bearing the insignia of the Clark County Sheriff's Department.

Federal authorities said in July that they had been investigating this case for a couple of months. Rodden appeared in Federal District Court in Indianapolis in July, where the judge entered a not guilty on his behalf.

"It is a sad day -- it is a sad day for Clark County," said Joseph Hogsett, the U.S. Attorney for Indiana's southern district, one that day. "It is a sad day for all elected and appointed officials who do their best to adhere to the high standards expected of those of us who serve the public. These types of charges and this type of indictment is not, frankly, one of the better parts of my job. But if elected and public officials do not understand that they will be held accountable if they violate the public trust, then the public is diminished."

Rodden was interviewed by the FBI three times, but denied knowing or calling the prostitute when questioned. The indictment said Rodden also asked the prostitute to get rid of the law enforcement credentials and the shirt in May of this year.

Authorities say Rodden made false statements denying that he had given an official deputy's badge and credentials to the prostitute, that he had had a sexual relationship with the prostitute, that he paid the prostitute for the sexual contact and that he had that person's phone number. Additionally, Rodden is accused of telling the prostitute to "get rid" of the Clark County Sheriff's Department law enforcement credentials he gave that person -- items that were, at that time, considered evidence in a federal investigation.

According to the Clark County Sheriff's Department website, Rodden, 60, was elected sheriff in 2007, and had been married 29 years at the time of the indictment.

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