Sheriff Arnold Facing Domestic Assault Charges

Posted: 2:31 PM, Sep 22, 2016
Updated: 2016-09-23 00:12:39-04

Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold has been facing domestic assault charges, according to reports.

Authorities said Sheriff Arnold has been set to be in court again, this time it’s not for his JailCigs case.

Court records showed the sheriff has been accused of domestic assault against his wife. The documents were filed Thursday.

The alleged offense was reportedly violent in nature.

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.

Arnold has also been facing a 14-count federal indictment, along with his uncle John Vanderveer and Joe Russell, an accounting chief at the sheriff’s office.

They have been accused of profiting through the sale of JailCigs, an electronic cigarette, to inmates. In that case, a jury trial has been set to start on February 7 in Nashville.

All three have pled not guilty to charges, including conspiracy, mail and wire fraud, bribery, extortion, and obstruction of justice.

A hearing has been scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Tuesday concerning the domestic assault charges. Also to be discussed will be whether or not Sheriff Arnold has been in violation of the terms for his pre-trial release in the JailCigs case.