H-ARROYO GRANDE

Jun 8, 2011 9:56 PM by Ariel Wesler

Ed Arnold could face six months in jail after changing plea

Former Arroyo Grande City Councilman Ed Arnold changed his plea to "no contest" on charges of residential burglary and child pornography.

He previously plead "not guilty" to those charges, but everything changed today in a San Luis Obispo courtroom. A "no contest" plea is treated basically the same as a "guilty" plea in a criminal case.

The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney's office says a judge recommended Arnold be sentenced up to six months in county jail. The residential burglary charge is considered a serious felony. Meanwhile, the child pornography charge mandates he register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

In December of 2009, Arnold was arrested on domestic abuse and assault charges. After searching his home, officers say they found a video that he secretly taped of a teenage girl in the shower at his house. Officers say the girl in the video was a foreign exchange student who lived at Arnold's home in 2005 when she was 16.

We posted the news on Facebook. Here's what a couple of you had to say. Janice Morgan LaMere writes, "So tired of all these politicians lying to us and doing what they want! If it was one of us they would hang us out to dry!!!"

Debi Rush Hamilton writes "How 'bout we start voting for new people that haven't been in office before. I am sick of politicians! Nothing would help him though. He is just sick."

The case has been turned over to the probation department to prepare a report. There is still a gag order in effect, so the DA's office couldn't say much else. They did say though that Arnold is *not in custody.

Arnold's sentencing is scheduled for July 12th.

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