• Orlando police officer arrested again


    ORLANDO, Fla. - Orlando police Officer Danny Sidders' troubles just keep getting deeper and deeper.

    Sidders was arrested again this week, accused of domestic violence. It happened as he started preparing to bond out on home confinement, but he ended up in front of a judge at the jail again, facing new charges.

    The new charges came about because officials say he violated a court injunction, ordered three months ago in another domestic violence case, which banned him from possessing a gun unless he was on duty for the Police Department.

    According to Orlando police, he not only violated that injunction, but he tried to cover it up so it wouldn't interfere with his home confinement.

    A police report shows that on Tuesday night, after his arrest, Sidders called fellow officer Matt Deem and asked him to remove a gun and ammunition from Sidders' apartment, before the home confinement inspection.

    WFTV's Kathi Belich learned that Deem went to Sidders' apartment, got the gun and turned it over to Orlando Police and reported Sidders' request.

    Now, Sidders might not get out of jail, and he's been relieved of duty with pay, according to police.

    WFTV's Kenneth Craig searched through 17 years of court records, internal investigations and police reports and uncovered previous investigations into Sidders.

    Reports show that Sidders was investigated by the Orange County Sheriff's Office after accusations of stealing from the city of Orlando.

    The investigation grew out of a crash Sidders had in his police cruiser.

    According to authorities, Sidders pocketed a $1,500 insurance check meant for the city of Orlando.

    Authorities said Sidders initially refused to turn the money over to the city, but he later agreed to pay it back.

    Reports show that Sidders was also investigated following accusations that he battered his first wife and even raped her following their separation.

    The reports show that the case was forwarded to the state Attorney's Office, but Sidders was not arrested.

    Orlando police did not investigate any of the incidents, and Sidders was never disciplined for any of them.

    Reports show that Sidders has been investigated by his department six times prior to the current investigation.

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