RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – There’s been official action this week against the embattled Rutherford County sheriff amid a federal investigation.
Robert Arnold’s membership with the Tennessee Sheriffs’ Association was suspended in a unanimous vote by an executive committee this past Monday.
The president of the association, Terry Ashe, confirmed to News 2 the suspension is pending the outcome of the federal investigation against Arnold.
The sheriff faces multiple charges, including conspiracy, fraud, and bribery, dealing with the sale of e-cigarettes inside the Rutherford County jail after Arnold listed the e-cig company as a source of income.
He was arrested on those charges earlier this year and released on bond; however, the sheriff was recently sent back to jail after a judge revoked that bond due to his alleged involvement in a domestic incident involving his wife this past Labor Day.
Arnold will remain behind bars in Grayson County, Kentucky, until his trial in February 2017.
A lawsuit has been filed to oust him from his elected position.