ORLANDO, FLORIDA – An Orlando Police officer has been arrested following an investigation into a complaint relating to possible criminal misconduct. Orlando Police Officer Dante Candelaria was taken into custody on Wednesday and transported to the Orange County Jail.
Candelaria face charges of false imprisonment, a felony, and battery stemming from an incident in January of this year. He has been relieved of duty and will remain so, pending the conclusion of the investigation, which is now under review by the State Attorney’s Office.
Candelaria was one of five Orlando Police officers who has received the Governor Jeb Bush’s Medal of Heroism. They received this award for their action in 2005, when they rescued a family from a burning apartment building. The officers also received the Award of Valor from the Orlando Police Department for this same incident.