Sheriff: Group Home Director Arrested on Sex Charges

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say the director of a group home for foster children in the Florida Panhandle is accused of having sex with a child.

According to a Bay County Sheriff’s Office report, 34-year-old Bryan Meeder was arrested over the weekend on lewd and lascivious battery. He’s the director of Claire’s House and officials say the alleged abuse took place while the girl lived in the home.

The News-Herald (http://bit.ly/2eMbUgK) reports the girl told investigators she came to live in the home when she was 13 and began a sexual relationship with Meeder when she was 14. She says it continued through her 18th birthday. Investigators obtained text messages and recordings of conversations between Meeder and the girl.

An investigation is continuing.

Records don’t show whether Meeder has a lawyer.

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