Bradenton police recommend arrests in Manatee High coach case

Herald Staff WritersApril 2, 2013 

Manatee assistant coach Rod Frazier celebrates a touchdown with Kelvin McKnight as they play St. Petersburg Northeast in 2012. FILE PHOTO/TIFFANY TOMPKINS-CONDIE/Bradenton Herald

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MANATEE — The Bradenton Police Department has delivered to the state attorney's office the results of its investigation of whether Manatee High School assistant football coach Rod Frazier had improper contact with a student. Included in the report are some requests for arrests, Police Chief Mike Radzilowski said Tuesday.

Radzilowski declined to reveal details of the investigation, including the names of people his detectives think should be arrested.

“We are not making any comment,” Radzilowski said. “We sent our case to the state attorney and some capias requests. We are not saying anything about it, that would have to come from the state attorney.”

Assistant State Attorney Dawn Buff, one of the prosecutors working on the case, said no arrests had been made. She declined further comment on the Frazier case.

But in general, Buff said the state attorney's office usually reviews a police investigation and sometimes conducts its own probe, before deciding whether to pursue prosecution. There is no set amount of time such a review might take, Buff said.

In a prepared statement, Manatee County School superintendent Rick Mills said the district will not make any judgments about school district employees until there is a final outcome to the investigation.

"Any recommendation that may be made by the Bradenton Police Department may or may not result in charges," Mills said in his statement. "Only the State Attorney’s office can make that determination. That said, we hope that the community will join us in reserving final judgment until all facts are revealed. If charges are eventually brought against any of our personnel, the District will take appropriate action which may include placing employees on administrative leave while the matter is processed through the judicial system."

A call to Frazier's attorney was not immediately returned.

The Bradenton Police Department began its investigation Feb. 7 after allegations that Frazier had inappropriate contact with a former student. He currently is suspended from his duties as an assistant coach and as a parent liaison at Manatee High.

“We’ve interviewed over 50 people, a combination of all kinds of people -- students, former students, teachers, administrators. We went wherever the interview led us," Radzilowski said recently.

Radzikowski said everything obtained by detectives was passed to the State Attorney’s Office to determine whether to file criminal charges.