A Chester County magisterial district judge resigned Tuesday after she was arrested for allegedly concealing a citation her son received to prevent him from violating a probation period he was serving at the time, the Pennsylvania Attorney General said.
Rita Arnold, 56, of Lone Eagle Road in Downingtown, is charged with one count of tampering with records and one count of obstruction of the administration of law, the state Attorney General said.
The charges stem from a summary offense citation issued by state police to one of her sons after he and a sibling got into an "altercation" at Arnold's home Jan. 19, 2010. After Arnold, who is the district judge for Downingtown, received the citation, she allegedly returned it to the trooper. It was then immediately returned to Downingtown district court, but Arnold allegedly failed to docket the citation or follow proper procedures to transfer the matter to another court.
The state Attorney General's office is alleging that she concealed the citation for two months in order to protect her son from additional sanctions with the Chester County Probation Department.