Elkhart County commissioner being investigated
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Elkhart County Prosecutor Curtis Hill issued a press release Monday saying he had filed a request for a special prosecutor to look into an Elkhart police case involving an unnamed person affiliated with Elkhart County government.
ďThe allegations identify an individual affiliated with Elkhart County government although the allegations do not apparently involve the individualís Elkhart County government affiliation,Ē said Hillís press release.
Hillís press release didnít detail the nature of the police inquiry, saying only that it stemmed from ďan incident alleged to have occurred on Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, in the city of Elkhart.Ē
The source, though, in addition to saying Rodino was the target, said the investigation stemmed from allegations of inappropriate sexual activity. The source asked to remain anonymous.
Rodino, who won re-election to his third term on the Elkhart County Board of Commissioners last Tuesday, did not immediately return a call Monday seeking comment. He ran unopposed.
Hillís press release said Elkhart police turned over the investigation to his office last Friday. Hillís office subsequently submitted a request for a special prosecutor to Elkhart Circuit Court Judge Terry C. Shewmaker.
The special prosecutor would ďreview the investigation and determine what charges, if any should be filed,Ē the press release said.
Shewmaker granted the request from Hillís office Monday and issued an order appointing Allen County Prosecuting Attorney Karen Richards as special prosecutor, subject to her formal acceptance. The order cites Indiana Code 33-39-1-6 (b)(3), which states a special prosecutor may be appointed if a court finds that the move is necessary to avoid the appearance of impropriety.
If Richards accepts the appointment, all prosecutorial decisions and information would be handled through her office. Her office was closed when Hillís press release was issued and she could not be reached for comment.
Affadavits in an unrelated court matter provided to The Elkhart Truth in 2010 alleged that Rodino, who operates a pallet company, had made inappropriate sexual advances on women. Rodino, through his lawyer, rejected the allegations at the time.