Ed Arnold waives preliminary hearing
September 15, 2010
Former Arroyo Grande city councilman Ed Arnold, facing multiple criminal charges involving domestic violence and assault, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday, clearing the way for a criminal trial. [Tribune]
Arnold, 45, faces five charges, including domestic violence and assault with a deadly weapon, relating to an alleged attack last December on a woman who had been living with him and his wife in their Arroyo Grande home.
Police searched Arnold’s computer, resulting in an additional two felony charges of possessing child pornography and using a minor for pornographic images.
Investigators allegedly found pictures on a computer of underage naked girls and a video of a 16-year-old foreign-exchange student from Spain who was showering.
Arnold has pleaded not guilty to all five counts and is being represented by high-profile local attorney Ilan Funke-Bilu. The attorney explained that Arnold waived the preliminary hearing to avoid wasting time and money.
Next stop: Arnold will be officially arraigned on Oct. 5.