Trial date set for Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold

Sheriff Robert Arnold (Photo: WKRN)

MURFEESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) – Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold is set to go on trial later this summer.

According to court documents, the trial will begin on Aug. 2 at the downtown Nashville courthouse.

Last month, Arnold was indicted on 14 charges, including four counts of money property fraud, five counts of honest services fraud, two counts of bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds, one count of extortion under color of official right, and one count of attempt to tamper with a witness by corrupt persuasion.

Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office Administrative Chief Deputy Joe Russell and Arnold’s uncle, John Vanderveer, were also named in the indictments.

They’re accused of profiting and trying to conceal their involvement in JailCigs. Sheriff Arnold was found to be a benefactor of e-cigarettes sold at the Rutherford County jail.

Arnold, Russell, and Vanderveer are all expected to plead not guilty.

There have been calls for Arnold to resign, but he says he plans to keep his job.

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