Councilman Ed Arnold charged with child pornography
April 12, 2010
Arroyo Grande police discovered a video of an underage foreign exchange student and photos of what appear to be underage girls during a search of Arroyo Grande City Councilman Ed Arnold’s Pismo Beach residence on Jan. 4, police said.
Police suspect Arnold used a hidden camera during the summer of 2005 to video the then 16-year-old while she showered. The woman, from Spain, confirmed she is the subject of the video.
On April 9, Arnold was charged with creating pornography and possession of child pornography.
Arnold pleaded not guilty in January to five felony charges including burglary and domestic violence from an incident back in December of last year.
Arroyo Grande Chief Steven Annibali said the child pornography was discovered while search warrants were being served as part of the domestic violence investigation.
On Friday afternoon, the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney filed a motion to have the two pornography charges added to the domestic violence charges.
A hearing has been set for Wednesday before Superior Court Judge Barry LaBarbera to determine if the charges will be added to the original case or prosecuted separately.