Orlando police chief's brother pleads not guilty in child sex case

Edward Mina, 51, arrested on sexual battery on child, molestation charges

By Brianna Volz - Web producer

ORLANDO, Fla. - The brother of Orlando police Chief John Mina pleaded not guilty on Thursday following his recent arrest in an alleged child molestation case.

Edward Mina, 51, was arrested last month on charges of sexual battery of a child under the age of 12, according to Orange County documents.

During Thursday's hearing, Mina was expected to ask for bond, but instead did not go forward with the hearing, choosing to just enter a not guilty plea. His trial is set to begin Aug. 20.

Deputies said the investigation began after the young girl went to her school resource officer about the alleged abuse, saying it lasted for three years and happened almost daily.

Before deputies arrested Edward Mina, he told them he didn't know what they were talking about, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Edward Mina was also charged with lewd or lascivious molestation and booked into the Orange County jail without bail, records show. 

 

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