Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold is facing domestic assault charges and/or amendments of his pretrial release. Documents filed in federal court Thursday showed the sheriff is accused of domestic assault against his wife, Megan. The alleged offense was reportedly violent in nature. A hearing has now been scheduled for Tuesday at 1:30 pm concerning the domestic assault charges.
Sheriff Arnold will appear for a hearing in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee on September 27, 2016 at 1:30 in the afternoon. The purpose of the hearing revolves around an alleged domestic assault that reportedly occurred on Labor Day, September 5, 2016.
Petition for Action on Conditions of Pretrial Release Documents:
According to the federal documents, the Sheriff's wife met with a TBI Special Agent on September 20, 2016 and reviewed a statement prepared by the agent based on previous conversations. However, she refused to sign the statement, but acknowledged that the statement was indeed accurate.
The statement suggested that Megan Arnold became intimate with Robert Arnold as a way to make him go to bed because he gets angry easily while drinking. Due to his intoxicated state, she reportedly left the room and Robert Arnold went to the bedroom. When Mrs. Arnold attempted to get into the bedroom, Mr. Arnold reportedly pushed the door closed.
The statement went on to say that she reached through the door opening and twisted Mr. Arnold's nipple. At that point, Mr. Arnold allegedly pushed Mrs. Arnold to the floor. The report stated, "Consequently, the defendant pushed Mrs. Arnold to the floor and punched her in her right arm near her shoulder. Mrs. Arnold kicked the defendant, and a struggle ensued. During the struggle, the defendant grabbed a belt and wrapped it around Mrs. Arnold in an attempt to drag her out of the room without leaving marks on her body. Mrs. Arnold slipped out of the belt, and the defendant pinned her on the bed with his body. Mrs. Arnold related the defendant said if he were to place all of his body weight on her that she would stop breathing. Eventually, the defendant got up and Mrs. Arnold went to another part of the house."
She reportedly called the Rutherford County Sheriff's Department and two deputies responded, but a report was not filed.
The documents requested, due to that nature and the fact Sheriff Arnold has access to firearms, that his conditions of release be amended.
Reports stated the new conditions should include not using alcohol, being a participant in a program for alcohol abuse, participating in anger management counseling, and not possessing a firearm at his home or in his vehicle.
Sheriff Arnold asked to write a statement:
Sheriff Arnold was asked to write a statement on September 7, 2016 during a visit to the U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services Office. When asked to write a statement, the defendant wrote, "Nothing happened on September 3-5,2016."
The documents show that the "Government" is asking for the courts to issue a warrant for Sheriff Robert Arnold.
You'll recall Arnold is also been facing a 14-count federal indictment, along with his uncle John Vanderveer and Joe Russell, for his role in profits from JailCigs. It's expected that it will also be discussed during the Tuesday hearing whether or not Sheriff Arnold was in violation of the terms of his pre-trial release in that case. A violation of the pre-trial release could mean the sheriff would be put behind bars until the February 2017 trial.