• Orlando cop accused of beating up girlfriend bonds out of jail


    ORLANDO, Fla. - The suspended Orlando Police officer, accused of domestic violence, is on home confinement after being released from jail Monday night.

    WFTV was at the Orange County Jail when Danny Sidders was fitted for a GPS ankle monitor and walked out of jail.

    He kept a straight face and kept his head down as he walked to a waiting car.

    WFTV reporter Kenneth Craig questioned Sidders as he left the jail, "Danny, what do you have to say for yourself? Why do you keep hurting your wives and your girlfriends?" But Sidders refused to answer.

    Sidders has spent the last three weeks in jail, but a judge finally granted him bail today with very strict guidelines.

    Sidders' bond was set at just $2,100 Monday.

    The judge agreed to keep Sidders on GPS and warned him not to have any firearms in his possession. He is accused of violating that order previously.

    Court documents show Sidders will have to stay away from the alleged victim, who was his girlfriend at the time of the alleged domestic battery. The judge ordered him to stay completely out of her ZIP code, which is in the Apopka area.

    Sidders is also accused of evidence tampering. Investigators say he tried to hide a gun he was not supposed to have in his home by asking his neighbor, a fellow officer, to remove it.

    His defense attorney suggested Sidders was simply trying to remove it before he was released so he wouldn't violate home confinement rules, but the judge did not seem to buy it.

    Orange County Judge Deb Blechman pointed out that this latest domestic violence case was the fourth call to police about Sidders in 2012.

    She made it clear to him, in no uncertain terms, that he is not to have a firearm in his possession.

    Sidders has been suspended with pay from the Orlando Police Department.

    WFTV's Kathi Belich asked Jason Bankowitz, a representative with Sidders, about the domestic accusations against Sidders.

    "He's fought those through the Constitution, and he has succeeded in all of those aspects," said Bankowitz.

    WFTV spoke with Orlando Police Chief Paul Rooney after Sidders' recent arrest and asked why the officer was still getting paid while behind bars.

    "Everyone is entitled due process, and Officer Danny Sidders, like any other officer, is not only entitled due process through state statute Bill of Rights, but also by the Fraternal Order of Police contract," Rooney said.

    WFTV learned that Sidders has been investigated by the Internal Affairs Department seven times in five years.

    Records show he was once suspended without pay for three weeks after investigators said he cashed a check meant to pay for repairs to his police cruiser, but he was never charged with a crime in that incident.

    WFTV also found out that he's been accused of domestic violence in the past by both of his ex-wives.

    Sidders will wear the GPS ankle monitor until his domestic violence case is resolved. If he cuts it off or goes where he's not supposed to, the judge will be notified immediately.

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