Goshen News, Goshen, IN

January 23, 2013

Special prosecutor won't charge Elkhart County official

A STAFF REPORT
THE GOSHEN NEWS

— Elkhart County Commissioner Terry Rodino will not face charges after an allegation of sexual assault, prosecutors announced today.

Last year, the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office received a case against Rodino from the Elkhart Police Department. The Elkhart County prosecutor has requested outside review of the case, and Allen County Prosecutor Karen E. Richards agreed to serve as special prosecutor in the investigation.

“The report indicated that a female alleged a sexual assault by Mr. Rodino,” according to a news release this afternoon from the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office. “This office reviewed the investigation and determined that the alleged victim admitted to prior sexual contact with Mr. Rodino. Mr. Rodino also acknowledged some contact of a sexual nature.

“However, this conduct has no connection to his duties as County Commissioner,” the statement continued. “Based on the totality of the circumstances, we do no believe we can prove sexual assault beyond a reasonable doubt. Therefore, prosecution of this case is declined.”