Victim sues former city councilman Ed Arnold for alleged beating
August 17, 2011
An Arroyo Grande city employee who was the alleged victim of a home burglary and physical beating by former city councilman Ed Arnold in 2009 is suing for bodily injuries and emotional distress. [The Tribune]
Arnold, who pleaded no contest to felony counts of residential burglary and possession of child pornography, was sentenced in July to nine months in jail.
San Luis Obispo County Superior Court Judge Barry LaBarbera ordered Arnold, who currently resides in Oregon, to surrender himself on September 19.
The lawsuit, filed in San Luis Obispo Superior Court on Friday, seeks compensation for battery, assault, and intentional infliction of emotional distress during a Dec. 15, 2009, burglary in which Arnold allegedly beat the victim with a club and threatened to kill her.
The victim, identified as Jane Doe, says she suffered cuts to her head and elbow, as well as caused her humiliation, mental anguish and emotional distress. She also claims that she was unable to work and is seeking payment for lost earnings, medical expenses and punitive damages.
Both Arnold and his wife had been having an affair with the victim and when matters turned sour Arnold blamed the woman for the breakup of his marriage.
Police arrested Arnold, and during a search of his Pismo Beach home in January, 2010, discovered video of an underage girl, a 16-year-old foreign exchange student, taking a shower. Police suspect Arnold used a hidden camera to film the teen and also found other pornographic images of what appeared to be underage girls.
In a plea bargain, Arnold pleaded no contest to two felonies and the district attorney dropped the charges for the alleged beating.