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Former Sheriff’s Deputy sentenced to 6 years in prison on charges of sexual battery on a minor

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

William Allen Arnold, Jr., 52, a former Alachua County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Deputy, was sentenced today to six years in state prison plus nine years of sexual offender probation and lifetime designation as a Sexual Offender after pleading nolo contendere to two counts of sexual battery on a minor.

The original charges included one count of sexual battery on a 16-year-old in 2018 and then a second sexual battery charge when the victim was 17. A charge of lewd and lascivious behavior on a victim between the ages of 12 and 16 was dropped.

The charges carried a maximum sentence of 30 years; the plea deal was for 3-10 years in state prison, and Judge William Davis sentenced him to 6 years in prison for each charge, served concurrently.

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