Former Sheriff Danny Rodden cuts plea deal for lying to the FBI - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Former Sheriff Danny Rodden cuts plea deal for lying to the FBI over prostitute

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A sexual encounter with a prostitute and $300 cost the Clark County sheriff his career.One day after Danny Rodden's forced retirement, the former sheriff is pleading guilty to lying to the FBI. And his attorney, Larry Wilder, is speaking out about the plea agreement.

"What he did is wrong," Wilder said. "He's admitted it, and he's admitted that he's willing to accept his responsibility, and he's going to accept his punishment because that's the kind of person that he is."

The Clark County Sheriff stepped down in July and officially retired Wednesday after getting caught lying to the FBI to cover up his affair with a prostitute.

It's spelled out in writing now that the prostitute has become an informant for the federal government. She told authorities that Rodden gave her a badge and a sheriff's shirt to get special officer rates at the Hyatt hotel in Louisville, where they met for the affair.

Court records also say when the FBI started asking questions, Rodden told the prostitute to get rid of the evidence.

"Under the guidelines, he could be sentenced by the judge to 6-12 months incarceration, home incarceration or any other form of detention," Wilder said.

Rodden also had to retire from office under the terms of the plea deal, and must pay the government back the $300 dollars he paid to the prostitute.

Rodden hasn't been back to work since the federal indictment in July, though he continued to bank his entire Sheriff's salary: more than $11,000 a month, sitting at home. And even though he's pleading guilty, Rodden is still expected to get his pension from the Sheriff's office, $1,600 dollars a month.

Taxpayers have mixed feelings about those developments -- taxpayers like Louise Gibbs.

"No, no I don't," said Gibbs when asked whether Rodden should get the money. "Not to keep getting rich off the county and keep our taxes going up."

But Scott McDonald thinks otherwise.

"He's entitled to that," McDonald said. "He's worked all those years as a sheriff and in the police department, so I say, yeah, he's entitled to his pension."

The former sheriff's wife is standing by him through all of this.

"They're strong people and a strong family -- and forgiveness is important to him," Wilder said.

Forgiveness from the public may be harder to come by as the sheriff elected to uphold the law has now confessed to breaking it.

"It's just dirty politics that's all I can say," Gibbs said. "Dirty."

A federal judge must accept this plea deal for it to stand. A hearing date is not yet set. A caucus from Clark County's Democratic party must appoint a new sheriff to serve the rest of Rodden's term through December.

Chief Deputy Brian Meyer will continue to served as interim Sheriff until that happens.

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