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Molestation charges against former Key West cop dropped

Henry Arroyo, a former Key West Police Department officer who allegedly sexually abused a minor girl will not be prosecuted on child molestation and lewd exhibition.
Henry Arroyo, a former Key West Police Department officer who allegedly sexually abused a minor girl will not be prosecuted on child molestation and lewd exhibition. KEYSINFONET

A former Key West police officer who allegedly sexually abused a minor girl won't be prosecuted on two charges of child molestation and one of lewd exhibition.

Assistant State Attorney Val Winter, who had been prosecuting the case against Henry Arroyo, 42, said in a court filing Thursday that the charges were dropped because the girl's parents believe discontinuing the case "is in the child's best interests."

The abuse allegedly started when the girl was 10 and continued until she was 13.

Arroyo, who was a resource officer at Key West High School, turned himself in to the Monroe County Detention Center on Stock Island a year ago this past Tuesday. He was released the same day after paying 10 percent of his bond, which was initially set at $100,000, and turning in his passport.

According to a Florida Department of Law Enforcement arrest affidavit, Arroyo intentionally forced the girl to touch his genitals in her bed at night. He also allegedly touched her breasts and "attempted to touch her vagina."

Arroyo had a relationship with the girl’s mother at the time of the alleged sexual abuse, and they were living together with both of her children, according to the arrest affidavit.

Arroyo, who earned $49,036 annually, resigned from the Police Department in February 2014 after being put on paid leave on Dec. 17, 2013. He was initially hired in 1999 before resigning in April 2011 and eventually being hired again in December 2011.

"We have no comment," police spokeswoman Alyson Crean said.

His personnel file includes no reprimands. Rather, Arroyo was recognized by the FBI for exceptional service in 2000 and was named officer of the quarter in 2006, according to Crean.

The FDLE and the state Department of Children and Families had been investigating Arroyo before closing their respective cases. FDLE began its investigation in December 2013 after the victim reported abuse.

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