Investigation of Manatee High assistant coach given to state attorney for review

Evidence from investigation of Manatee High assistant forwarded for review

ejohnson@bradenton.comMarch 9, 2013 

BRADENTON -- All evidence collected by the Bradenton Police Department in its investigation regarding allegations of misconduct by a Manatee High School parent liaison and assistant football coach was given to the State Attorney's Office Friday morning, according to Chief Michael Radzilowski.

The Bradenton Police Department began its investigation Feb. 7 after allegations that Roderick Frazier had inappropriate contact with a former student surfaced in the media.

"As soon as this broke, we partnered with the supervisor of the Crimes Against Children Unit," Radzilowski said. "We've been meeting on a regular basis. She's going to look over everything we've got and is going to decide if: A, if we need more investigations; B, if there is anything else she wants us to do; or C, say, 'We're going to take it from here and review it to decide whether or not we're going to charge anybody.'"

Detectives interviewed more than 50 people -- students, former students, teachers and administrators -- in the case, he said.

Those interviews, along with forensic evidence, will be reviewed by the state attorney's office. Until the prosecutor makes a decision, the investigation is "on hold," Radzilowski said.

Radzilowski would not comment when asked if any sign of criminal activity has been found. He would not say if additional investigations have started as a result of this case.

Frazier, who has been an assistant football coach for the Hurricanes since 2001 and a parent liaison since 2006, was placed on paid administrative leave effective Feb. 8 pending the results of the criminal investigation.

Frazier was previously placed on a one-day paid administrative leave Nov. 15 pending an investigation by the school district's Office of Professional Standards. Assistant Superintendent Scott Martin began looking at the case in January when the school received a letter with more information on the case.

Frazier continues to deny the allegations through his attorney, Edwin Mulock.

"I just haven't seen anything that's criminal or in violation of the law," Mulock told the Bradenton Herald last week. "I don't expect anything to happen. I think it's a witch hunt."

Mulock said Frazier was not interviewed by detectives.

"He feels that this is a vendetta of some type," Mulock said. "He's very upset about it. I don't know that he'll be able to go back to school. They've ruined him. They've ruined his reputation and nothing has even happened yet."

Elizabeth Johnson, Herald crime reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7041. Follow her on Twitter@EJohnsonBHcrime.

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