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A Rutherford County Sheriff is currently facing an ultimatum made by U.S. Magistrate Judge Alistair Newbern, concerning the sheriff’s domestic assault charges.
According to reports by the Daily News Journal, Robert Arnold returned to court on Wednesday for Judge Newbern’s ruling on whether Arnold violated terms of his pre-release trial agreement. Newbern decided that Arnold must either remain in jail until the upcoming trial or resign.
Originally, the Sheriff was charged for illegally selling JailCigs to inmates at Rutherford County jail. His release was set prior to his Feb. 7 jury trial due to a $250,000 release bond. However, it has been postponed indefinitely after Newbern’s Wednesday ruling. The new ruling was brought on by Judge Newbern deciding Tuesday that probable cause exists for the domestic assault charges brought on by Arnold’s wife.
The court’s Probation and Pretrial Services System amended its recommendation for release following his Tuesday night court hearing, where the new evidence was introduced. The evidence against Arnold includes a phone recording of his wife speaking with her boyfriend about the alleged assault taking place on Labor Day.
If he is to be released, he must agree to stay away from his wife and all Rutherford County deputies in addition to resigning.