Sheriff's brother accused of sexually assaulting girl - FOX 13 News

Sheriff's brother accused of sexually assaulting girl

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The brother of the Hardee County sheriff is accused of sexually abusing a young girl.

Deputies charged 62-year-old Dennis Lanier of Zolfo Springs with sexually abusing a 5 or 6-year-old girl several years ago.

He's being held without bond in the Hardee County Jail.

He is also the brother of Hardee County Sheriff Arnold Lanier. The sheriff says his brother is not getting any special treatment, and investigators were told to handle it the same as any other case.

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