MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - After months of being very vocal that he did nothing wrong, Millington Mayor Richard Hodges had little to say as he walked out of jail on Wednesday, October 12, 2011, after being charged with bribery.
Hodges was arrested Wednesday afternoon at Millington City Hall, the latest development in a 10 month investigation into bribery and misconduct allegations.
Hodges spent nearly five hours in the Shelby County Jail after a grand jury issued the indictments against him.
According to Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich, Mayor Hodges solicited money in exchange for political favors.
The charges stem from an ongoing investigation into misconduct by public officials in Millington.
Millington City Hall was raided in July. TBI agents also searched the Mayor's house and the Transmission Doctors, a local business. According to court records, Hodges and others routinely gambled at the shop.
Mayor Hodges declined to answer numerous questions as he walked out of jail. He did say he didn't plan to resign following his arrest.
If convicted, Hodges faces up to 24 years in prison.