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The Children’s Home Society of Florida responded to allegations over its group home director having an alleged four year sexual relationship with a young girl.

In a statement to News 13, officials wrote:
“We were extremely appalled and disappointed to learn of these allegations. Our top priority is providing a safe haven for the youth in our care. Mr. Meeder is no longer employed by CHS. We are fully cooperating with BCSO, the Department of Children and Families, and Gulf Coast Children’s Advocacy Center in the investigative process. CHS has zero tolerance for actions that compromise the safety of any child. In no way do these allegations reflect the hard work of our dedicated staff. Nor do they reflect our organization’s high expectations and standards of care.”

Our original story:

The director of a Bay County group home had sex with a juvenile in his care from the time she was 14 until she was 18, according to the Bay County Sheriff’s Office.

Bryan Meeder, the director of Clair’s House, is charged with lewd and lascivious battery.

Investigators were able to obtain text messages Meeder sent to the victim and recordings of conversations between Meeder and the victim, officials wrote.

Meeder, 34, of Callaway, was located in Okaloosa County this weekend taking a group of juveniles from Clair’s House on a field trip to Destin. Meeder was arrested by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office. He will be transported to the Bay County Jail.

“The BCSO is working on this case with the Department of Children and Families, Gulf Coast Children’s Advocacy Center, and the Children’s Home Society,” officials wrote.  “The investigation continues as authorities work to determine if additional juveniles may have been victimized.”

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Andria Seo

Andria Seo is an Associate Attorney at Crew Janci LLP. Andria is a graduate of the New York University School of Law. During law school, she worked with the National Center for Youth Law, the Legal Aid Society, and the NYCLU. Prior to joining the team at Crew Janci LLP, Andria advocated for vulnerable children and their families as a staff attorney at Partnership for Children’s Rights, a nonprofit based in New York City. Andria also previously worked assisting in the representation of victims of a terrorist attack in civil suits. Andria moved to Portland in 2016 and joined Crew Janci LLP in 2017. She is admitted to practice in Oregon and New York