Jailed Sheriff's Wife Files Affidavit With Federal Court Asking For Husband's Release

Posted at 6:31 PM, Oct 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-13 21:48:45-04

Arnold told us how she feels about her husband -- Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold. Now she wants to tell it to the federal judge who put her husband behind bars in a Kentucky jail.

"The state of our relationship is like any normal couple. We all have our good days and our bad days," said Arnold.

The judge recently revoked Arnold's pre-trial release while awaiting his day in court on corruption charges.

The tipping point was an allegation of domestic assault against his wife.

"No, no. I'm not a battered woman," said Megan Arnold.

She just filed an affidavit with the federal court spelling out her feelings about her husband ... and the allegations of domestic abuse.

She says her husband did not use his authority as sheriff to "harass, intimidate or threaten me. I knew that he was making a joke."

"He occasionally loses his temper, but his outbursts are not directed at me or our children ... "and "I did not consider the constitute an assault."

"I did not sustain any injury in this encounter, and Robert brought it to an end when I asked."

"I don't think it's right he needs to be incarcerated," said Megan Arnold.

Arnold made this request of the judge: "It is my hope that my husband will be released from jail and that he will be permitted to return to me and our children."

The wife's affidavit is at the heart of the sheriff's appeal to have his pre-trial release restored...and it may be his best and only hope of getting out of that Kentucky jail.

The federal judge will consider affidavits on behalf of Sheriff Arnold from his wife and at least two others.

If the judge denies Megan Arnold's request then her husband will likely remain in jail until his criminal trial on corruption charges in February.