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Sheriff accused of child sex abuse resigns

Posted: 2:24 AM, Apr 09, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-09 12:50:35-04
Rene Rodriguez

SHOSHONE, Idaho — The sheriff of a southern Idaho county has resigned days after he was arrested on suspicion of sexually abusing a child.

The Twin Falls Times-News reports 40-year-old Lincoln County Sheriff Rene Rodriguez submitted his letter of resignation Monday.

Rodriguez was booked into Blaine County Jail Friday. He was charged Monday with seven felonies spanning from 2005 to 2014.

The charges include sexual abuse of a child in Jerome County, four counts of lewd conduct with a child in Twin Falls and Blaine counties, and two counts of rape in Lincoln and Blaine counties.

His attorney, Michael Wood, argued for lower bail, but was denied by the judge.

Rodriguez remains held on $500,000 bail.

He had been on leave at his request since Feb. 4 and asked that his leave be extended another 30 days without pay. The leave ended Monday.