• Judge denies bail for OPD officer accused of domestic violence


    ORLANDO, Fla. - Thursday, a judge refused to let an Orlando police officer, arrested for domestic violence, out of jail.

    Orlando Police Officer Danny Sidders asked the judge to let him out of jail even though he has no lawyer and can't assure the judge he's not dangerous.

    After Sidders was arrested last week for domestic violence for the second time this year, police say he was arrested for trying to hide a gun he shouldn't have had and lying about it to the jail so he could get out on home confinement.

    "I don't want to spend another night in jail," said Sidders.

    "I'm just trying to make sure you got a lawyer," replied Orange County Judge Deb Blechman.

    Blechman made it clear to Sidders that she appreciates his protecting the community but said she had to the do the same thing in his case that she would in others -- especially since she found out about three additional accusations of violence against him.

    Prosecutors said they're considering whether to charge him with a third domestic violence case this year -- he’s accused of throwing a chair at a woman and cutting her arm.

    The judge questioned why Sidders doesn't have a lawyer after nine days in jail, since he has access to a phone. But a public defender, who is not representing him but was there just in case, told him not to respond.

    The judge said she won't let Sidders out of jail until he hires a lawyer and she gets assurances from a GPS company that if he violates his bond, she'll be notified right away.

    Sidders is on paid leave from the Orlando Police Department and under internal investigation.

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