Manatee High assistant football coach Rod Frazier faces 10 criminal charges

Herald staff writersJuly 19, 2013 

MANATEE -- Ten criminal charges have been filed against Manatee High football coach Rod Frazier, according to the state attorney's office and court records.

The state attorney's office on Friday charged Frazier, who has been under criminal investigation since February, with seven counts of battery, a first-degree misdemeanor, and three counts of interference with the attendance of a student in a school or classroom, a second-degree misdemeanor.

According to court records, the charges are connected with incidents dating back to August 2006. The most recent incident was on Dec. 12, 2012.

The Bradenton Police began an investigation in February into allegations Frazier, a parent liaison in charge of student discipline, had inappropriate contact with a student. Among the allegations were that Frazier sent a female student a text message asking for nude photographs.

Bradenton police handed the investigation to the state attorney in April.

Details of the charges were not immediately available.

A summons issued to Frazier orders him to appear in court at 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 8.

A review of court records shows that no other Manatee school district officials or teachers have been charged as part of the Frazier investigation.

Manatee schools Rick Mills said Friday he will meet Monday with school district staff attorney Scott Martin to discuss the latest developments.

“Obviously, charges have been filed, and due process takes place around that,” Mills said. “We will make a determination Monday from the employee discipline perspective and review the charges to move forward on our own.”

Mills added that he and Martin will look into if the misdemeanor charges are enough to fire Frazier.

“I have been very respectful of the integrity of the investigation,” Mills said. “The investigation was thorough, and at this point we will look into how we will continue.”

Martin declined to comment.

Stephen Gulash, another parent liaison and a witness in the Frazier case, described the filing of charges as "tragic."

"There’s nothing to celebrate about. It’s a sad situation, and hopefully, he’ll get some help," Gulash said. "It’s good because it’s coming to an end."

"Rod, I've seen the guy do some decent things. But this is something I believed strongly in, and I guess I was right with what I saw," Gulash said. "I'm not crazy like, some people said I was. ... People send their kids to school, and they expect us to take care of them."

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