Clark County Sheriff Danny Rodden is taking an administrative leave of absence, a day after being arrested on federal charges stemming from his alleged relationship with a prostitute.
Defense attorney Larry Wilder said Wednesday that going on paid leave was Rodden’s decision and it takes effect immediately, according to the Associated Press.
The announcement comes the day after a federal indictment was unsealed. Rodden is accused of lying to FBI agents and advising the prostitute to destroy a badge and uniform, which could be used as evidence against him.
Authorities alleged Rodden provided the materials to the woman so she could get hotel discounts.
Rodden has pleaded not guilty.
Matt Koesters, a reporter covering the case for the News & Tribune, tells WFPL that Rodden’s indictment has shocked Clark County residents.
“Sheriff Rodden has a good reputation in the community among most people. A lot of people that work in Clark County government have known him for a long time. He was a longstanding member of the Jeffersonville Police Department force, so a lot of people know him in his capacity as a police officer. He’s been the sheriff for seven years, and he’s probably one of the most well-respected members of the Clark County Democratic Party.”
Rodden’s chief deputy will head the agency while he’s on leave.