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Man Charged with Violating DVI Despite “Victim’s” Arrests for Lying

SPRING HILL – On January 6th we brought you the news of a woman who was arrested for lying to deputies, after reporting that her boyfriend battered her on New Year’s Day (ORIGINAL REPORT). 20-year-old Catherine Cabrera was charged with one count of Filing a False Report to Law Enforcement and released the same day on a $1,000 bond. Cabrera was already on a Pretrial Intervention Program for the same charge, in an unrelated incident that occurred in June of 2014.

In October of 2014, her boyfriend and alleged abuser, 27-year-old Horace Arnold, was charged with Battering Cabrera and ordered to have no contact with her, until further order by the court. Arnold violated that order by spending New Year’s Eve with Cabrera, but deputies were unable to locate him at the time of that alleged incident.

Yesterday, Arnold was taken into custody at the Hernando County Courthouse and charged with Violating the Restraining Order. He was released today on a $100.00 bond.

Judge Kurt Hitzemann amended the order on Wednesday, to allow non-violent contact, but Arnold had already violated the order, before that change was made.

Several days after Cabrera’s arrest, deputies were called to a residence on Holiday Drive, after Cabrera reported that her father, Peter Cabrera, was wielding a knife and had slashed the tired on her car. Upon arrival, deputies discovered that Peter did not have a knife and that his daughter’s tires were not slashed. Catherine left the scene and no charges were filed.

We spoke to Peter after the incident, who said “I’m doing everything I can to keep my daughter away from that abusive drug dealer.” According to jail records, Arnold was arrested in 2011 for Battery and Burglary. He was arrested again in 2013 on charges of Cocaine and Marijuana Possession.

Catherine initially agreed to speak with RNRF, but has now declined to talk.

According to a representative with Professional Probation Service, Catherine has violated her Pretrial Intervention Program and will face prosecution for the first charge of lying to authorities. 

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