Former Arroyo Grande City Councilman Ed Arnold was sentenced Tuesday to 270 days in County Jail and three years’ probation for his felony conviction on residential burglary and possession of child pornography charges, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
Arnold, 46, also must register as a sex offender and undergo batterer’s treatment. Arnold was accused of seven crimes, five of which were dismissed as part of a plea agreement. Those included assault with a deadly weapon, domestic violence, threatening bodily harm, possession of an illegal assault weapon and videotaping a minor for pornographic purposes.
Arnold was arrested in December 2009 on suspicion of burglarizing and beating the woman who said that he blamed her for the breakup of his marriage.
Investigators said they found pictures on a computer of underage naked girls and a video of a 16-year-old foreign-exchange student from Spain showering in his house.
The woman who said she was attacked by Arnold in Arroyo Grande, who isn’t being named by The Tribune, gave a statement in court Tuesday that she had “severe anxiety attacks” and lives in fear.
“I question my safety at all time, is he going to flip out again and really finish me off?” she said, reading from a statement she provided The Tribune. “I’ve tried to ease some fear by changing the landscaping around my current residence to small shrubs so there would be nothing for him to hide behind.”
The woman also said Arnold needed to be taught a lesson in his punishment, adding that he’s a “narcissistic sociopath.”
Arnold’s attorney, Ilan Funke-Bilu, said the public exposure of the case was hard on his client and that he has been living in “discomfort” with the negative attention.
“One of the foundations of American justice is you don’t kick a man when he’s down,” Funke-Bilu said. “Let’s stop kicking him and let him live his life.”
Arnold has moved to Oregon, according to prosecutors, where he’ll undergo his batterer’s program treatment.
His surrender date to serve his jail sentence is Sept. 19.