Arroyo Grande councilman sentenced to nine months
July 12, 2011
Former Arroyo Grande City Councilman Ed Arnold Jr. was sentenced to nine months in jail today after pleading no contest to felony counts of residential burglary and possession of child pornography. [LompocRecord]
San Luis Obispo County Superior Court Judge Barry LaBarbera ordered Arnold to surrender himself on September 19. He is likely to serve two-thirds of his sentence – six months.
In addition, Arnold must register as a sex offender and serve three years of formal probation, during which time he can’t access the Internet. Because he is now an Oregon resident, Arnold must contact probation officials in the county where he lives to enroll in a program for batterers, the Lompoc Record said.
The alleged victim, a city employee identified only as Jane Doe, read a statement in court asking that Arnold be sentenced to the maximum two years in prison, the Lompoc Record said.
Arnold had been charged with first-degree residential burglary, assault with a deadly weapon, inflicting corporal punishment on a spouse or cohabitant, criminal threats, possession of an assault weapon and two child pornography counts. Before the plea agreement, he faced up to 10 years in prison.
In 2009, Arroyo Grande police arrested Arnold after a woman who he and his wife had an affair with said he assaulted her. He allegedly broke into her home, threatened to kill her and attacked her with a metal club.
During a search of Arnold’s Pismo Beach home in January 2010, Arroyo Grande police discovered a video of an underage foreign exchange student and photos of what appeared to be underage girls.
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.