Federal prosecutors seek to revoke Sheriff Arnold’s bond after abuse allegations

Sheriff Robert Arnold (Photo: WKRN)
Sheriff Robert Arnold (Photo: WKRN)

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – Federal prosecutors have filed a motion to revoke Sheriff Robert Arnold’s bond following abuse allegations against him.

If approved, Sheriff Arnold would be taken into custody until his trial on conspiracy charges begins.

Arnold is currently out on bond after he was indicted by a grand jury on charges of conspiracy by using his official position to allow JailCigs, a company he was a benefactor of, to be admitted into the

Rutherford County jail, distributing and permitting jail employees to do tasks beneficial to JailCigs, promoting JailCigs to additional sheriff’s offices and counties, and permitting JailCigs not to pay Rutherford County the customary commission paid to other counties in Tennessee.

As a condition of his pretrial release, Sheriff Arnold is not to violate any federal, state, or local laws.

Arnold is accused of assaulting his wife on Sept. 5.

Last week a hearing was requested by the U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services Office to amend the terms of his pretrial release.

U.S. Attorney Cecil VanDevender, however, disagreed with the petition and requested a warrant for Sheriff Arnold’s arrest.

In order for that to happen, a request to revoke his bond must go before a judge.

The hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, September 27.

In the event Arnold is incarcerated while he awaits trial, Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office officials say residents will not see any change in service.

“Everything is going to continue as normal here,” said Deputy Chief Keith Lowery. “We will continue to protect the citizens, continue to take care of the prisoners in the jails.”

Arnold is the chief law enforcement in the fifth most populated county in Tennessee and his salary is around $115,000 per year.

Even if Arnold’s bond is revoked and he is to be incarcerated until his trial, he will continue to earn that salary.

The sheriff cannot be ousted from his position unless he’s convicted of those crimes.

Rutherford County Commissioner Brad Turner says he hopes Arnold resigns.

“It’s a bit of a head-scratcher if we were to find ourselves in that situation where the chief law enforcement officer in Rutherford County would be incarcerated,” Turner said. “I’m not sure how he’d be able to continue to function in that role.”

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