Former cop bonds out following arrest on sex-abuse charges

skinney@keynoter.comMarch 26, 2014 

Henry Arroyo, a former Key West Police Department resource officer at Key West High School, is set for arraignment April 10 following his Monday arrest on child sex-abuse charges.

Specifics weren't available Tuesday, but Assistant Monroe County State Attorney Colleen Dunne said she and Assistant State Attorney Val Winter would handle the prosecution.

Arroyo, 41, turned himself in around 9:45 a.m. at the Monroe County Detention Center on Stock Island, where he was booked on two felony counts of lewd and lascivious behavior for allegedly molesting a girl younger than 12.

He was released the same day after paying 10 percent of a $100,000 bond and turning in his passport.

The allegedly victim is now 14, and the abuse started when she was 10, according to an arrest affidavit released by the State Attorney's Office.

The reported victim said Arroyo "would enter her bed at night and force her to touch" his [genitals], according to the affidavit. She also told investigators Arroyo would touch her breasts and "attempted to touch her" genitals, according to the document.

The youth initially reported the alleged abuse to a physical education teacher at school, according to the affidavit, but "was afraid to tell."

When telling her parents of the alleged abuse, the child "was in a posture where her legs were pulled up to her chest and she was holding a pillow up to her chin and throat area," according to the affidavit.

When confronted by a friend or family member, Arroyo reportedly cried and "would not say anything."

Arroyo earned $49,036 per year. He was hired in 1999 and resigned in April 2011. During that time, Arroyo moved to Tampa with the victim, her sibling and her mother, according to the arrest form.

He was rehired by the Key West Police Department in December that same year after moving back to the Keys.

Arroyo's personnel file doesn't include any reprimands. In 2000, the Federal Bureau of Investigation recognized him for "exceptional service in the public interest, "and in 2006 he was named officer of the quarter, police spokeswoman Alyson Crean said.

Monroe County Circuit Court Judge Peary Fowler signed an arrest warrant for Arroyo on March 21.

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