Sheriff Arnold taken into custody after judge revokes his pre-trial release

Courtesy: Grayson County Detention Center

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NASHVILLE,Tenn. (WKRN) – While Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold is technically still the High Sheriff, he is behind bars Wednesday night.

Arnold is in the custody of United States Marshals after a federal magistrate ruled earlier in the day he violated the conditions of his pre-trial release.

This all stemmed from a domestic assault on his wife on Labor Day.

Arnold entered the federal Courthouse in Nashville not knowing if it would be his final hours as a free man.

Artist rendering of Sheriff Robert Arnold being taken into custody. (Courtesy: Mike Sower)
Artist rendering of Sheriff Robert Arnold being taken into custody. (Courtesy: Mike Sower)

In court, U. S. Magistrate Alistair Newbern said she reviewed all the evidence presented, and decided there was enough probable cause that a domestic assault happened to his wife on Labor Day, and that the sheriff attempted to tamper with a witness, his wife, by harassing and intimidating her not to go to authorities.

He apparently told her if she did, he would go to jail and she would lose the house and everything.

The magistrate revoked his $250,000 unsecured bond.

The sheriff showed little emotion as the magistrate handed down her ruling.

He briefly whispered something in his attorney’s ear, before being led out of the courtroom in handcuffs.

It didn’t appear any of Arnold’s family, supporters or sheriff office employees were in the courtroom.

The magistrate also told Arnold if he had resigned as Sheriff she likely may have reached a different conclusion, but she followed up at saying, because of his behavior she do not believe he would likely to abide by conditions of anything she imposes.

The magistrate mentioned Arnold abused his power as sheriff by calling Sgt. Todd Hammond to his home to, “mess with [with his wife],” telling her a person could be arrested for domestic violence for twisting someone’s nipple.

Newbern even mentioned the firing of Virgil Gammon saying the sheriff has retaliated against employees.

Arnold’s attorney Tom Dundon told News 2 by phone that he wasn’t going to comment on the magistrate’s ruling.

“This is a sad and tragedy day for the Arnold family including Robert Arnold, his wife and his two children,” Dundon said.

On Tuesday, the court heard phone recordings of the sheriff’s wife and a man she is alleged to of had an affair with, former Eagleville Police Chief Elijah Stuart.

Stuart is heard on the recordings, he made, trying to convince her to give a statement to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, but she said she was scared what Arnold would do to her and the children.

They talked about what happened on Labor Day when the physical altercation occurred.

“He said, ‘Is this is what you want?,’” the wife said on the recording. “He said, ‘I’ll put all my body weight and you can stop breathing.’”

“See that’s crazy baby, you don’t have to deal with that stuff,” Stuart said.

“That’s when he grabbed my ankles and pulled me off the bed,” she replied. “Do you know not realize how not normal my life is living with him. You have any idea what’s it like living with him for all these years.”

Arnold is currently being held at the Grayson County Detention Center in Kentucky.

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