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DCF part of investigation into KWPD officer

A Key West police officer who also works as the Key West High School resource officer is being investigated by Florida Department of Children and Families as well as the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, officials said Friday.

Officer Henry Arroyo Jr. has been placed on paid, administrative leave pending the outcome of that joint criminal investigation, Key West police Chief Donie Lee confirmed earlier this week.

Key West police referred the case to the FDLE on Dec. 17 and FDLE agents subsequently notified DCF, said Carol Frederick, FDLE resident agent in charge in the Keys.

"We cannot specify anything regarding the nature of the allegation, but we determined that DCF is an appropriate partner in the case," Frederick said, declining to comment further.

DCF spokeswoman Lissette Valdes-Valle confirmed that DCF does have an open case regarding Arroyo Jr., but she declined to comment citing the ongoing investigation.

Any Key West police Internal Affairs investigation would occur after the FDLE completes its investigation, Lee said, referring all further questions about the matter to the FDLE.

Arroyo Jr. is being represented Key West attorney Sam Kaufman, Frederick said. Kaufman could not be reached for comment.

Arroyo Jr. is a decorated officer who worked for city police from Sept. 20, 1999, until April 15, 2011, before returning Dec. 27, 2011, said city of Key West Human Resources Director Samantha Farist.

His current annual salary is $58,131, Farist said.

Arroyo Jr. was awarded the FBI's exceptional service award for public service in 2000, according to city records. He also has two commendations from the department, as well as 10 letters of appreciation, records state.

Arroyo Jr. is a native Key Wester and Key West High School graduate. He's also the cousin of Major League Baseball pitcher Bronson Arroyo.

alinhardt@keysnews.com

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