Orlando police chief's brother sexual battered child for 3 years, deputies say

'It's our little secret,' Edward Mina told victim

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ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Orlando police Chief John Mina’s brother, Edward Michael Mina, was arrested Tuesday on charges of sexual battery of a child under 12, according to Orange County records.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office began investigating the abuse allegations on Wednesday when the victim spoke with a school resource officer about the the abuse they said lasted for three years.

The Florida Department of Children and Families was notified and a child protective investigator conducted an interview with the victim.

According to the arrest report, the victim told investigators graphic details about the sexual assaults they endured and other behavior by Edward Mina, including making the victim watch porn with him and walking in front of them naked.

Edward Mina, 51, told the victim, "Never tell anyone what I do to you, it's our little secret," according to the report.

The abuse happened almost daily for three years, the victim told deputies.

In a recorded phone call to Edward Mina with deputies present, the victim told him that they told a friend about the abuse and the friend told a school counselor.

"If you tell them the truth I am going to go to jail for a long time," Edward Mina told the victim, according to the report.

The victim said they wear long sleeves and clothing to cover their body due to the abuse, according to the arrest report.

When deputies went to speak with Edward Mina, he said "I know what this is about" and he was placed into handcuffs, according to the report.

Edward Mina has also been charged with lewd or lascivious molestation.

He was booked into the Orange County Jail Tuesday afternoon and held without bail.

“These are extremely serious and disturbing criminal allegations,” John Mina said in a statement Tuesday night. “At this time, I am most concerned with the welfare and privacy of the child involved, and won't be making any further comment.”

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