Gainesville, FL (March 4, 2019) – The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office say one of their own deputies, 49-year-old Deputy Sheriff William Arnold, was arrested on Wednesday for having an ongoing relationship with a minor.

The victim contacted authorities to let them know about an inappropriate relationship that had been going on for several years between her and Deputy Arnold. Allegedly, the inappropriate contact and sexual encounters started back in 2016 when the victim was in 8th grade. The victim is now 17 years old.

The victim indicated to police that there were at least 10 incidents over the past 3-4 years in which she had sexual relations with Deputy Arnold. She said that she would go to his home and was made to feel that she had to have sex with him in order to be able to continue coming over. She told them that she recently sent an email to Deputy Arnold telling him that she no longer wanted to have contact with him.

Arnold said that the juvenile was a family friend and has denied that there was any inappropriate contact with the minor aside from "horseplay".

At this time, Arnold is in the Alachua County Jail. He has also been placed on administrative suspension and has been charged with lewd and lascivious battery and unlawful sexual activity with certain minors.

The investigation continues.

Gainesville Lewd and Lascivious Battery Laws 

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