Anchor Russell Rhodes Gets Community Service; Clause in WTVT Contract Saves His Permanent Record

By Andrew Gauthier 

The St. Petersburg Times reports on the approval of Rhodes’s plea agreement for obstructing an officer
Morning television anchor Russell Rhodes will serve 50 hours of community service and six months of probation after a judge approved his plea agreement Wednesday for obstructing an officer without violence in January.

Rhodes, 50, pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor as part of an agreement with the Hillsborough State Attorney’s Office. Adjudication was withheld, meaning he will not have a conviction on his record.

Defense attorney Jeff Brown told the court Wednesday there was concern over a morality clause in Rhodes’ contract with WTVT-Ch. 13, prompting the court to withhold adjudication. Rhodes can have his probation terminated once the 50 hours have been served. More…