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Thursday, May 15, 2014
Former cop stalked, harassed

A former Key West police resource officer accused of sexually abusing a girl is being stalked and threatened by an unknown man, according to a police report filed by the former officer's attorney.

Henry Florentino Arroyo, 41, told officers he was walking on Fleming Street on May 2 when the suspect began yelling at him, but Arroyo ignored him, according to the report.

At some point, the suspect cut Arroyo off with his bicycle, "slammed his bicycle on the sidewalk, approached Arroyo with an aggressive stance and said, 'I'm going to find out what you are all about."

Arroyo told police he walked into the library on Elizabeth Street to avoid a confrontation. He also told his neighbors about the man who reportedly is doing work on a nearby house.

The suspect told a neighbor, "You know the cop that was in the paper? I know where he lives. I'm going to (deleted) him up," reports say.

Arroyo also reported seeing the man riding his bicycle past his home several times a day and sitting near his house in the mornings since the initial altercation on Fleming Street.

Defense attorney Jerry Ballarotto filed a police report about the incidents on Monday.

"I feared for his safety and the police have been very responsive and we appreciate that," Ballarotto said Wednesday. "We don't know who he is, other than he started showing up in the neighborhood making these comments. So, I notified the police department."

The reporting officer stated he would pass the information on to officers assigned to patrol in the area. The suspect was described as white, 6-foot-1 or 6-foot-3 man with blonde hair who wore tan work boots, cargo shorts, a T-shirt and sunglasses.

Arroyo faces two charges of second-degree felony lewd and lascivious exhibition of a child younger than 16 and one count of lewd and lascivious molestation of a child younger than 12.

Arroyo was released from Monroe County Detention Center on Stock Island on March 24 after posting $100,000 bail after his arrest.

Arroyo was placed on paid, administrative leave on Dec. 17 pending the outcome of a joint criminal investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Department of Children and Families and the State Attorney's Office.

He resigned from the force on Feb. 6.

Arroyo had been working as the school resource officer at Key West High School, but was removed from that position when he was placed on leave. Arroyo was also a former board member for the Police Athletic League (PAL) -- a police-oriented juvenile program that uses sports and recreation as a crime-prevention tool.

There is no evidence or allegations in court records to suggest any criminal activity by Arroyo within either of those organizations.

Arroyo's next court docket sounding regarding the case is not expected until June, Ballarotto said.

alinhardt@keysnews.com

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